What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : Tax Breaks for the Rich : A vote on passage of a Democratic amendment to the fiscal year 2005 budget resolution (S.Con.Res. 95), creating a reserve fund to allow up to $2.7 billion in additional spending for veterans' medical care with the cost offset by reducing tax breaks for taxpayers with incomes of more than $1 million per year. (2004 senate Roll Call 34)
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A vote on passage of a Democratic amendment to the fiscal year 2005 budget resolution (S.Con.Res. 95), creating a reserve fund to allow up to $2.7 billion in additional spending for veterans' medical care with the cost offset by reducing tax breaks for taxpayers with incomes of more than $1 million per year.
senate Roll Call 34     Mar 09, 2004
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss
Qualifies as polarizing?
Yes
Is this vote crucial?
No

In an early vote in the Senate debate on the fiscal year 2005 budget resolution (S.Con.Res. 95), conservatives killed an amendment by Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) creating a reserve fund to allow up to $2.7 billion in additional spending for veterans' medical care. Conservatives helped ensure the Senate rejected the amendment by a vote of 44-53. Daschle's amendment also proposed that the bill's spending would be offset by reducing tax breaks for taxpayers with incomes of more than $1 million per year. As such, conservatives argued that Daschle's amendment would come at the expense of taxpayers, and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a veteran, was the sole Republican to vote with Democrats in the measure's favor. The way in which Congress develops tax and spending legislation is guided by a set of specific procedures laid out in the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Most importantly, the Budget Act calls for the annual development of a congressional "budget resolution." This resolution sets overarching limits on spending and on tax cuts that apply to legislation developed by individual committees - including the appropriations committees, tax-writing committees, and other committees that have jurisdiction over certain spending programs - as well as to any amendments offered to such legislation on the House or Senate floor.

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