What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : Tax Breaks for the Rich : S. Con. Res. 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote to Reduce the Amount of Tax Cuts Contained in the Bill In Order to Improve the Capacities of Police and Fire Departments to Respond to Terrorist Attacks. (2003 senate Roll Call 73)
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S. Con. Res. 23. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote to Reduce the Amount of Tax Cuts Contained in the Bill In Order to Improve the Capacities of Police and Fire Departments to Respond to Terrorist Attacks.
senate Roll Call 73     Mar 21, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

An earlier effort by Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) to increase spending for homeland security by $88 billion over ten years was defeated (see Roll Call Vote 65); the Senate instead enacted a pared-down measure offered by Senator Thad Cochran (D-MS) providing $3.5 billion for similar purposes. This amendment, offered by Senator Hillary Clinton (DNY), would increase spending for police, firefighters, and other first responders by an additional $3.5 billion. Progressives support the Clinton amendment because it helps to alleviate the financial pressures facing cities; since September 11, 2001, $2.6 billion has been spent by city governments on additional security measures. Spending of this magnitude by municipalities is not sustainable and federal assistance is therefore necessary to provide adequate protections. The cost of Clinton's amendment would be paid for by reducing the amount provided in the 2004 budget resolution for tax reductions. One Democrat joined all fifty-one Republicans to oppose Clinton's amendment which was rejected on a 48-52 vote.

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