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 Indian Health Services. (2003 senate Roll Call 87)
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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 Indian Health Services.
senate Roll Call 87     Mar 25, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

By almost any measure, Native Americans are an impoverished group; reservations today house some of the most poorly fed, uneducated, and unhealthy individuals in American society. Treaties and laws previously enacted "guarantee" that Native Americans and Alaskan Natives are provided adequate health services. In many Indian health care facilities, however, treatment is deferred unless the patient's life is threatened or there is a chance their limb(s) would require amputation from further delay. During debate on the 2004 budget resolution, Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD) offered an amendment providing $2.9 billion to improve Indian health Services and an additional $2.9 billion for deficit reduction; the total cost of the amendment would have been subtracted from the amount provided in the budget resolution for tax reductions. Progressives supported Daschle's amendment as an important step toward improving the health and wellbeing of a socially-neglected group. Support for Daschle's proposal was divided exactly along party-lines-with Democrats voting for and Republicans voting against the measure-and failed to attract a majority of Senators. The amendment was defeated on a 48-51 vote.

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