What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Insuring Government Has Adequate Financing to Function : S. Con. Res. 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote to Augment the Amount Provided in Tax Cuts By Increasing the Child Tax Credit. (2003 senate Roll Call 106)
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S. Con. Res. 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote to Augment the Amount Provided in Tax Cuts By Increasing the Child Tax Credit.
senate Roll Call 106     Mar 26, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

This vote pertains to an effort by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to increase the size of the child tax credit which was offered as an amendment to the 2004 budget resolution. In the current tax code, the credit is valued at $600 per child; Murkowski's amendment would have increased the credit to $1000 per child. Progressives opposed Murkowski's amendment on the grounds that the $1.34 trillion in tax reductions already contained in the budget resolution do not need to be expanded further. Just the opposite, progressives favor reducing the size of the tax cut to minimize future federal deficits and insure that the government has adequate funding for important domestic services. A majority of Senators voted against the Murkowski amendment and the measure was defeated by a 48-52 margin.

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