What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Government Funding for a Broad Range of Human Needs : S Con Res 21. (Fiscal 2008 budget resolution), Allard of Colorado amendment on reducing spending by one percent for certain programs/On agreeing to the amendment (2007 senate Roll Call 104)
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S Con Res 21. (Fiscal 2008 budget resolution), Allard of Colorado amendment on reducing spending by one percent for certain programs/On agreeing to the amendment
senate Roll Call 104     Mar 23, 2007
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

This vote occurred on an amendment by Wayne Allard, R-Colo., that would have reduced spending by one percent for programs identified by the Comptroller General and Government Accountability Office as having the potential to yield savings if certain legislative changes were made. Allard said his amendment would exclude spending allocated for the military, veterans and Social Security. Allard said that the amendment would reduce the federal debt by $13 billion the first year, and $71 billion over five years.

The amendment was offered to the budget resolution that serves as the blueprint for Congress' budget priorities in fiscal 2008. The budget resolution sets overall spending targets for the Appropriations committees and outlines other budget rules.

Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said he opposed the amendment because it would cut too much money for important programs, including $58.8 billion for Medicare and Medicaid, $5.8 billion for homeland security, and $3.6 billion for agriculture.

The Senate rejected the amendment by a vote of 39-60. Every Democrat voted against the amendment. Republicans generally voted for the amendment, though 10 voted agaist it. Thus, the budget resolution went forward without language that would have reduced spending for certain programs identified as having the potential for savings.

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