What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : A vote on passage of a Democratic amendment to the fiscal year 2005 budget resolution (S.Con.Res. 95), creating a reserve fund to allow up to $2.7 billion in additional spending for veterans' medical care with the cost offset by reducing tax breaks for taxpayers with incomes of more than $1 million per year. (2004 senate Roll Call 34)
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A vote on passage of a Democratic amendment to the fiscal year 2005 budget resolution (S.Con.Res. 95), creating a reserve fund to allow up to $2.7 billion in additional spending for veterans' medical care with the cost offset by reducing tax breaks for taxpayers with incomes of more than $1 million per year.
senate Roll Call 34     Mar 09, 2004
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In an early vote in the Senate debate on the fiscal year 2005 budget resolution (S.Con.Res. 95), conservatives killed an amendment by Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) creating a reserve fund to allow up to $2.7 billion in additional spending for veterans' medical care. Conservatives helped ensure the Senate rejected the amendment by a vote of 44-53. Daschle's amendment also proposed that the bill's spending would be offset by reducing tax breaks for taxpayers with incomes of more than $1 million per year. As such, conservatives argued that Daschle's amendment would come at the expense of taxpayers, and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a veteran, was the sole Republican to vote with Democrats in the measure's favor. The way in which Congress develops tax and spending legislation is guided by a set of specific procedures laid out in the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Most importantly, the Budget Act calls for the annual development of a congressional "budget resolution." This resolution sets overarching limits on spending and on tax cuts that apply to legislation developed by individual committees - including the appropriations committees, tax-writing committees, and other committees that have jurisdiction over certain spending programs - as well as to any amendments offered to such legislation on the House or Senate floor.

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