What: All Issues : Health Care : Aid to the Chronically Ill : S. 1054. Tax Reductions/Procedural Vote Against an Amendment Designed to Provide a Tax Credit for Individuals Who Are Caring For a Family Member With a Chronic Disease. (2003 senate Roll Call 169)
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S. 1054. Tax Reductions/Procedural Vote Against an Amendment Designed to Provide a Tax Credit for Individuals Who Are Caring For a Family Member With a Chronic Disease.
senate Roll Call 169     May 15, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

12.5 million Americans suffer from chronic conditions such as juvenile diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and Down's syndrome and require assistance from family caregivers. In an effort to reduce the financial burden on caregivers, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) offered an amendment to the tax cut legislation which would have provided a $5000 tax credit for individuals who are assisting a family-member cope with a chronic disease. Progressives supported Mikulski's amendment to assist family caregivers because, in their view, those individuals provide invaluable support to some of the least-advantaged members of society. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) raised a point of order against Mikulski's measure on the grounds that it was not relevant to the tax cut measure under consideration. Debate on budget-related legislationwhich, according to recent rulings by the Senate parliamentarian, includes tax cut legislation-is governed by reconciliation rules in accordance with the Budget Act of 1974. Those rules allow Senators to raise points of order against amendments by claiming that they are not relevant to the pending legislation in order to reject the amendment. To overcome a point of order, a sixty-vote majority is required in support of the legislation. The Mikulski amendment failed to attract the necessary sixty-votes and was defeated 48-51.

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