What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : A vote on passage of a Democratic amendment to the fiscal year 2005 budget resolution (S Con Res 95) removing language in the bill directing the Senate Finance Committee to make $14 billion in cuts to the Medicaid and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) programs as a means to raise revenue and fund tax cuts. (2004 senate Roll Call 39)
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A vote on passage of a Democratic amendment to the fiscal year 2005 budget resolution (S Con Res 95) removing language in the bill directing the Senate Finance Committee to make $14 billion in cuts to the Medicaid and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) programs as a means to raise revenue and fund tax cuts.
senate Roll Call 39     Mar 10, 2004
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

Progressives scored a win with this proposal from Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), helping advance his amendment to the fiscal year 2005 budget resolution (S Con Res 95). 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. Baucus' amendment to the fiscal year 2005 budget resolution, which passed by a vote of 53-43, removed language in the bill directing the Senate Finance Committee to make $14 billion in cuts to the Medicaid and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) programs as a means to raise revenue and fund tax cuts. Progressives noted that the Baucus amendment did not, however, remove these entitlement cuts themselves from the budget plan, so the Senate plan still reflects the EITC and Medicaid cuts. Nevertheless, without the explicit directive to make those cuts, they are much less likely to occur, progressives said.

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