What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Insuring Government Has Adequate Financing to Function : S. 1054. Tax Reductions/Vote to Eliminate Offsetting Tax Increases in a Bill to Provide $350 Billion in Tax Cuts Targeted Toward Wealthy Individuals. (2003 senate Roll Call 170)
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S. 1054. Tax Reductions/Vote to Eliminate Offsetting Tax Increases in a Bill to Provide $350 Billion in Tax Cuts Targeted Toward Wealthy Individuals.
senate Roll Call 170     May 15, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

Without offsetting revenue increases, the GOP-drafted tax cut bill-which will result in a loss of revenue to the Treasurywill cause the federal budget to be in deficit in future years. During debate on the $350 billion tax cut bill, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) proposed an amendment that would have made tax increases contained in the bill expire at the end of 2015. Progressives voted in opposition to the Sessions amendment because they worried that without some offsetting tax increases, the tax cut proposal would contribute to federal budget deficits in future years. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) raised a point of order against the Sessions proposal by claiming that it was not relevant to the tax cut measure under consideration. Debate on budget-related legislation-which, according to recent rulings by the Senate parliamentarian, includes tax cut proposals-is governed by the reconciliation process. Reconciliation rules allow Senators to raise points of order against amendments by claiming that they are not relevant to the pending legislation in order to defeat the amendment. To overcome a point of order, a sixty-vote majority is required in support of the amendment. The Sessions amendment failed to attract the necessary sixty votes and was rejected 49-51.

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