What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : Tax Breaks for the Rich : Vote on passing a Democratic amendment to the fiscal year 2005 budget resolution (S.Con.Res. 95) creating a reserve fund that would allow up to $1 billion in additional spending to help serve an additional one million children through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, paid for by eliminating tax loopholes. (2004 senate Roll Call 53)
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Vote on passing a Democratic amendment to the fiscal year 2005 budget resolution (S.Con.Res. 95) creating a reserve fund that would allow up to $1 billion in additional spending to help serve an additional one million children through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, paid for by eliminating tax loopholes.
senate Roll Call 53     Mar 11, 2004
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

After school program funding was the focus of this progressive-backed amendment offered by Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), which would create a reserve fund that would allow up to $1 billion in additional spending to help serve an additional one million children through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program. It also would increase the amount dedicated for deficit reduction by $4.9 billion. The spending would be offset by revenue increases gleaned by "eliminating tax loopholes." Offered by Dodd to the fiscal year 2005 Senate budget resolution (S.Con.Res. 95), the amendment was rejected 42-54. Progressives argued that the program has been only half funded over the last two years, serving a little more than 1 million children when the need exceeds two million children. Dodd noted, "I think all of us have given talks in our states about the value of after school programs. The President himself has talked eloquently about it, saying after school programs keep kids safe, help working families, and improve academic achievements. He is absolutely right. But we are leaving more than 1 million children behind as a result of not fully funding at the authorized levels after school programs. Dodd called his plan an opportunity to live up to the requirements inherent in the No Child Left Behind Act, passed two years ago. Conservatives dismissed Dodd's proposal as "a $2 billion tax increase," and while they acknowledged that Dodd's intent was that his plan be paid for by targeting tax breaks for millionaires, Senate Budget Chairman Don Nickles (R-Okla.) noted "that is not [the instruction] the Finance Committee gets. The Finance Committee gets a resolution that says raise revenues." In rejecting the Dodd amendment, conservatives helped preserve tax cuts for individuals earning more than $1million a year.

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