What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Insuring Government Has Adequate Financing to Function : S Con Res 70. (Fiscal 2009 budget resolution) Motion to defeat a call to revote on a previous amendment on scaling back the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)/On the motion (2008 senate Roll Call 46)
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S Con Res 70. (Fiscal 2009 budget resolution) Motion to defeat a call to revote on a previous amendment on scaling back the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)/On the motion
senate Roll Call 46     Mar 13, 2008
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

This vote was on whether to kill a request for a revote on an amendment that was previously defeated.  The amendment in question, by Arlen Specter, R-Pa., would have modified the budget resolution to allow for a reduction in the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), effectively rolling it back to pre-1993 levels.  This would have the effect of exempting some 21 million Americans who would otherwise be subject to the AMT.  The amendment would not make up for the loss of tax revenue by raising revenues in other ways.  Democrats had objected to the amendment because it would increase the deficit.  This amendment was offered to the fiscal 2009 budget resolution, which sets overall spending targets for the Appropriations committees and outlines other budget rules.

The amendment had earlier been defeated by one vote, but Robert Menendez, D-N.J., made a motion that the vote be reconsidered on behalf of John Cornyn, R-Texas, who had missed the earlier vote.  (Menendez had earlier voted against the amendment.)  With no debate or discussion, Kent Conrad, D-N.D., moved that Menendez’s motion be defeated, which is what this vote was on. 

By a vote of 49-51, the request to table (or kill) Menendez’s motion was defeated.  Every Republican present voted against killing the request for a revote.  All but two Democrats present voted for killing the request for a revote.  The end result was that the motion to table the call for a revote was rejected.

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