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S. 1054. Tax Reductions/Procedural Vote to Defeat a Substitute Measure Designed to Stimulate the Economy by Providing Assistance to Workers and Low-Income Individuals.
senate Roll Call 162     May 15, 2003
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Conservative

Democrats opposed President Bush's plan of providing tax reductions for high-income earners as a way to spur the struggling economy. During debate on the tax-cut bill, Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) proposed an alternative approach which was similar to a plan developed by Senator Bob Graham (see Roll Call Vote 160) which would have, among other things, increased the child tax credit, created a $765 wage credit for workers, offered additional tax incentives for small businesses to invest in machinery, equipment, and health insurance for their employees, and extended federal unemployment insurance. Progressives favored Landrieu's economic recovery plan because it would have provided assistance to those who need it most; in the view of progressives, targeting tax cuts for wealthy individuals-such as the marginal rate reductions for those in the highest income bracket contained in the GOP-proposal-does not improve the economic well-being of most Americans. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) contended that Landrieu's plan was not relevant to the tax cut measure under consideration and raised a point of order against the Landrieu proposal. Debate on budget-related legislation-which, according to recent rulings by the Senate parliamentarian, includes tax cut measures-is governed by reconciliation rules in accordance with 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 torpedo the amendment. To overcome a point of order, a sixty-vote majority is required in support of the amendment. The Landrieu proposal failed to attract the necessary sixty votes and was defeated 47-53.

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