What: All Issues : Health Care : Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs : S. 1054. Tax Reductions/Procedural Vote to Defeat an Amendment Designed to Delay the Enactment of Tax Cuts Until a Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Could Be Enacted.
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S. 1054. Tax Reductions/Procedural Vote to Defeat an Amendment Designed to Delay the Enactment of Tax Cuts Until a Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Could Be Enacted.
senate Roll Call 159     May 15, 2003
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Conservative

Prescription drugs are used to treat a wide array of ailments but have become increasingly costly in recent years; many individuals are no longer able to afford those drugs and their health often suffers as a result. Although proposals to provide a prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients have been on the congressional agenda since 1999, Congress has failed thus far to enact a prescription drug benefit. During Senate consideration of legislation to reduce taxes, Senator Deborah Stabenow (D-MI) offered an amendment which would have prevented the dividends tax elimination and income rate reductions for high-income earners from taking effect until a Medicare prescription drug benefit was enacted. Progressives voted in favor of Stabenow's measure because, in their estimation, helping Medicare recipients afford prescription drugs is more important than providing tax reductions that disproportionately benefit wealthy individuals. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) raised a point of order against the Stabenow amendment by arguing that is was not relevant to the tax cut measure under consideration. Debate on budget-related legislation-which, according to recent rulings by the Senate parliamentarian, includes proposals to cut taxes-is governed by reconciliation rules set forth in the Budget Act of 1974. Those rules allow Senators to raise points of order against amendments by claiming that they are not relevant to the pending legislation in order to reject the amendment. To overcome a point of order, a sixty-vote majority is required in support of the amendment. The Stabenow amendment failed to attract the necessary sixty votes and was defeated 44-56.

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