What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : A vote to overcome a Democratic procedural objection related to a Republican-backed amendment to the fiscal year 2005 Budget Resolution (S Con Res 95) that would require the Senate to muster a 60 vote supermajority any time it considered legislation that seeks to increase taxes on the top income tax bracket. (2004 senate Roll Call 55)
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A vote to overcome a Democratic procedural objection related to a Republican-backed amendment to the fiscal year 2005 Budget Resolution (S Con Res 95) that would require the Senate to muster a 60 vote supermajority any time it considered legislation that seeks to increase taxes on the top income tax bracket.
senate Roll Call 55     Mar 11, 2004
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

Progressives prevailed in this procedural vote related to a conservative-backed amendment to the fiscal year 2005 Budget Resolution (S Con Res 95). Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) raised a "point of order" or a procedural objection, against an amendment offered by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Progressives objected to the substance of the amendment, but also took issue to the measure on procedural grounds, claiming that it was not a "germane" or relevant, amendment as dictated by the Budget Act. McConnell's amendment would have required the Senate to muster a 60 vote supermajority any time it considered legislation that seeks to increase taxes on the top income tax bracket without an exemption for small businesses. Progressives further argued that the amendment was not as virtuous as it sounded, saying the proposal was "purportedly a small business amendment ... [but] it is not." progressives claimed that a mere two percent of small businesses are in the upper tax bracket and therefore would not get the intended breaks. Said Baucus, "More importantly, this is an amendment that makes it much more difficult to raise taxes on the wealthiest top bracket than it is in the effort to raise taxes on the middle-income taxpayers. It provides for a point of order on any revenue measure that would have the effect of raising taxes on the top bracket. It only applies to the top bracket. It wouldn't apply to any other bracket. We don't want that." Added Baucus: "I can't for the life of me understand why the Senator from Kentucky is on the floor even daring to offer that amendment." McConnell's motion to turn back Baucus' point of order motion was rejected 51-45, and the McConnell amendment fell, meaning a simple majority (50 votes), not 60, to achieve passage of Senate legislation raising taxes on upper income individuals.

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