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H. Con. Res. 95. Budget/Vote on Final Passage of Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2006.
house Roll Call 88     Mar 17, 2005
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In this vote, the House passed a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2006 (FY06). The first step in Congress's annual budget process, following the submission of a proposed budget by the President, is to pass a non-binding budget resolution. That resolution establishes priorities and a framework for federal government spending in the coming year. Progressives opposed the Republican-drafted budget resolution because they believed that it reflected the wrong priorities for the nation. Among other factors in their opposition, they cited the transformation of a federal surplus into a federal deficit in four years as an example of fiscal irresponsibility on the part of the Bush Administration, and what they characterized as wrongheaded tax cuts for the wealthy and spending that resulted from poor planning in Iraq. They also claimed that the Republican-drafted budget was dishonest: "It does not cut the deficit in half as Republicans claim. In fact, it makes the deficit worse. Republicans leave out the realistic cost of the war, the cost of expiring tax provisions, the true cost of fixing the alternative minimum tax and the cost of any changes to Social Security. The budget is dishonest in another way: it fails to show any deficit figures at all after 2010." (Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).) In particular, they touched on the hot-button issue of the future of Social Security: "It is clear that there would be plenty of money to deal with the Social Security trust fund if the President were not using the Social Security trust fund as a slush fund to give tax cuts to the wealthiest people in America." (Pelosi.) Democrats called instead for reduction of tax benefits for the wealthy: "The priorities in this budget are all wrong. Our priorities should focus on helping those who need help before we begin to help those who don't." (John Dingell (D-MI). They also advocated increased spending on priorities such as education, health care and veterans' benefits. Republicans countered that Democrats sought "more money, more spending, higher taxes, more government, more bureaucracy, more regulation, more laws, more politicians making decisions that individuals and families and communities should be making for themselves in the freest nation on the face of the Earth." (Jim Nussle (R-IA).) Further, they argued, reducing spending in general was the top priority after defense and homeland security. The House passed the Republican-drafted budget resolution by a vote of 218 to 214. Thus, the House supported a budget for FY06 that left in place a large deficit as well as large tax cuts, and heavily emphasized defense and homeland security. It also reduced spending in or provided smaller increases than those sought by Progressives for spending for education, health care and other domestic issues.

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