What: All Issues : Health Care : Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs : H Con Res 95. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote on a Democratic Substitute Measure Which Eliminated Tax Cuts for Wealthy Individuals and Increased Spending for Medicare and Prescription Drugs.
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H Con Res 95. Fiscal 2004 Budget Resolution/Vote on a Democratic Substitute Measure Which Eliminated Tax Cuts for Wealthy Individuals and Increased Spending for Medicare and Prescription Drugs.
house Roll Call 81     Mar 20, 2003
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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The budget resolution is a document passed each year by both chambers of Congress that serves as a blueprint for the year's taxing and spending. Though the resolution is ultimately non-binding, there can be procedural advantages to staying within the document's bounds. The main feature of the Republican resolution for 2004 was the president's $726 billion tax cut, but it also included cuts in spending outside of defense and homeland security and $400 billion for Medicare reform and a prescription drug benefit. Democrats proposed an alternative budget that increased nondefense spending, eliminated the tax cuts for the wealthy, reduced the overall size of the cut to $136 billion, and allowed $528 billion (up from the Bush administration's $400 billion) for a prescription drug benefit. Progressives supported this plan because they saw it as an improvement over the Republican version. This Democratic substitute was rejected, 192-236.

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