What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Insuring Government Has Adequate Financing to Function : S Con Res 18. Fiscal 2006 Budget Resolution/Vote to Increase Funding for First Responders by $1.6 Billion and Devote an Additional $1.6 Billion to Deficit Reduction. (2005 senate Roll Call 50)
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S Con Res 18. Fiscal 2006 Budget Resolution/Vote to Increase Funding for First Responders by $1.6 Billion and Devote an Additional $1.6 Billion to Deficit Reduction.
senate Roll Call 50     Mar 15, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Each year the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) drafts a budget resolution which outlines the administration's spending priorities for the upcoming year and beyond. Though non-binding, the budget resolution provides a budgetary blueprint for Congress to implement White House priorities. During debate on the 2006 Budget Resolution, Senator Stabenow (D-MI) offered an amendment which would have restored $1.6 billion in funding cuts to fire, police, emergency medical technicians, and other first responders to a potential terrorist attack by $1.6 billion as well as devoted an additional $1.6 billion to deficit reduction. Progressives endorsed Stabenow's amendment because, in their view, cutting funding for first responders would undermine public safety in the event of another terrorist attack. "On average," explained Stabenow, "our fire departments have only half the number of radios needed on a shift, and only enough breathing apparatuses for one-third of their firefighters. Police departments across America do not have the protective gear to respond to a weapons of mass destruction attack. Our public health laboratories lack the basic equipment to respond to a chemical and biological attack." Progressives also supported the goal of deficit reduction based on their view that the Bush Administration has been running dangerously high budget deficits in recent years. Conservatives overwhelming opposed Stabenow's proposal but did not offer any explanations for their votes during Senate floor debate. The Stabenow amendment was rejected on a vote of 46-54 and the measure was not included in the 2006 Budget Resolution.

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