House Kills Conservative Budget

On March 25, by a vote of 116 to 309, the House rejected the Republican Study Committee’s (RSC) budget substitute amendment to the fiscal 2005 budget resolution (H.Con. Res. 393).

The RSC budget substitute, sponsored by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.), would have cut non-security, discretionary spending by 1%, slowed the growth of non-Social-Security mandatory spending by one percentage-point, provided for additional tax relief, and implemented a host of budget process reforms.

While the RSC budget alternative did not pass, the majority of Republicans voted for it–including Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R.-Tex.) and Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R.-Mo.)–and it received the highest number of votes of any RSC budget alternative in recent history.

“The values and priorities of the budget I offer today are simple,” said Hensarling. “Less government and more freedom. For only the second time in a decade, we would actually reduce the size of government. It is an eternal truth that as governments expand, liberty contracts.” While striving to control the “disease of spending,” Hensarling argued that this budget would also fully fund the President’s defense and homeland security request.

Hensarling explained that this budget would promote economic growth by providing $183 billion in tax relief–only 1% of total spending–over five years. “If the Democrats truly care about budget deficits, they should focus their attention on the spending side of deficit, which represents 99 percent of the problem,” he stated.

Liberals claimed they could eliminate the deficit within ten years, while redirecting more resources “toward areas Americans care about, like education, veterans’ benefits, first responders, housing and safety net programs,” said Rep. David Price (D.-N.C.). “Our Republican friends say, ‘Aha, you do this by raising taxes on Americans.’ But rather than raise taxes, we are talking about merely freezing scheduled reductions for those making over $500,000 a year and also closing some egregious corporate loopholes. ” In other words, raising taxes on small businesses and corporations that employ millions of Americans.

Rep. Edward Markey (D.-Mass.) engaged in the age-old Democratic tactic of scaring old people. “Watch out, Grandma,” he said. “GOP used to stand for Grand Old Party. Now it stands for ‘Get Old People’†¦and that is exactly what is happening in this Republican budget.” He concluded this after discovering that RSC members would have reduced Medicaid funding (which is not necessarily for the old) and allowed American workers to keep their money.

Rep. Patrick Toomey (R.-Pa.), who is currently vying for liberal Sen. Arlen Specter’s (R.-Pa.) Senate seat, voiced his support for the RSC budget. “We should not, at a time when we are just kicking in a strong economic recovery, we should not raise taxes. This is a budget that shrinks the deficit, holds spending growth to a modest level and lowers taxes.”

While Democrats say that it is the government’s responsibility to provide health care for its citizens, conservatives are looking at spending that has increased 30% in the last three years and would like to halt this alarming and unsustainable trend.

A “yes” vote was a vote to support the RSC budget for fiscal year 2005 and beyond. A “no” vote was a vote against the substitute amendment.

For the Amendment: 116 Against the Amendment: 309
REPUBLICANS FOR: 115
Akin
Bachus
Ballenger
Barrett (SC)
Bartlett (MD)
Barton (TX)
Beauprez
Biggert
Bishop (UT)
Blackburn
Blunt
Boehner
Bonner
Boozman
Brady (TX)
Brown-Waite, Ginny
Burgess
Burton (IN)
Cannon
Cantor
Carter
Chabot
Chocola
Coble
Cole
Collins
Cox
Crane
Cubin
Culberson
Cunningham
Davis, Jo Ann
Deal (GA)
DeLay
DeMint
Diaz-Balart, M.
Doolittle
Dunn
English
Feeney
Flake
Forbes
Franks (AZ)
Gallegly
Garrett (NJ)
Gibbons
Gingrey
Goode
Goodlatte
Gutknecht
Harris
Hart
Hastings (WA)
Hayworth
Hefley
Hensarling
Herger
Hoekstra
Hunter
Isakson
Istook
Johnson, Sam
Jones (NC)
Keller
Kennedy (MN)
King (IA)
Kingston
Kline
Linder
Manzullo
McCrery
McKeon
Miller, Gary
Miller (FL)
Moran (KS)
Murphy
Musgrave
Myrick
Neugebauer
Norwood
Nunes
Ose
Otter
Oxley
Paul
Pitts
Pombo
Putnam
Radanovich
Ramstad
Rehberg
Rohrabacher
Royce
Ryan (WI)
Ryun (KS)
Schrock
Sensenbrenner
Sessions
Shadegg
Shimkus
Shuster
Simpson
Smith (MI)
Smith (TX)
Stearns
Sullivan
Tancredo
Taylor (NC)
Terry
Thornberry
Tiahrt
Toomey
Vitter
Weller
Wilson (SC)

DEMOCRATS FOR: 1
Scott (GA)

REPUBLICANS AGAINST: 108
Aderholt
Baker
Bass
Bereuter
Bilirakis
Boehlert
Bonilla
Bono
Bradley (NH)
Brown (SC)
Burns
Burr
Buyer
Calvert
Camp
Capito
Castle
Crenshaw
Davis, Tom
Diaz-Balart, L.
Dreier
Duncan
Ehlers
Emerson
Everett
Ferguson
Foley
Fossella
Frelinghuysen
Gerlach
Gilchrest
Gillmor
Goss
Granger
Graves
Green (WI)
Greenwood
Hall
Hayes
Hobson
Hostettler
Houghton
Hulshof
Hyde
Issa
Jenkins
Johnson (CT)
Johnson (IL)
Kelly
King (NY)
Kirk
Knollenberg
Kolbe
LaHood
Latham
LaTourette
Leach
Lewis (CA)
Lewis (KY)
LoBiondo
Lucas (OK)
McCotter
McHugh
Mica
Miller (MI)
Nethercutt
Ney
Northup
Nussle
Osborne
Pearce
Peterson (PA)
Petri
Pickering
Platts
Porter
Portman
Pryce (OH)
Regula
Renzi
Reynolds
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Ros-Lehtinen
Saxton
Shaw
Shays
Sherwood
Simmons
Smith (NJ)
Souder
Sweeney
Thomas
Tiberi
Turner (OH)
Upton
Walden (OR)
Walsh
Wamp
Weldon (FL)
Weldon (PA)
Whitfield
Wicker
Wilson (NM)
Wolf
Young (AK)
Young (FL)

DEMOCRATS AGAINST: 200
Ackerman
Alexander
Allen
Andrews
Baca
Baird
Baldwin
Ballance
Becerra
Bell
Berkley
Berman
Berry
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (NY)
Blumenauer
Boswell
Boucher
Boyd
Brady (PA)
Brown,
Brown (OH)
Capps
Capuano
Cardin
Cardoza
Carson (IN)
Carson (OK)
Case
Chandler
Clay
Clyburn
Conyers
Cooper
Corrine
Costello
Cramer
Crowley
Cummings
Davis (AL)
Davis (CA)
Davis (FL)
Davis (IL)
Davis (TN)
DeFazio
DeGette
Delahunt
DeLauro
Deutsch
Dicks
Dingell
Doggett
Dooley (CA)
Doyle
Edwards
Emanuel
Engel
Eshoo
Etheridge
Evans
Farr
Fattah
Filner
Ford
Frank (MA)
Frost
Gephardt
Gonzalez
Gordon
Green (TX)
Grijalva
Gutierrez
Harman
Hastings (FL)
Hill
Hinchey
Hinojosa
Holden
Holt
Honda
Hooley (OR)
Hoyer
Inslee
Israel
Jackson (IL)
Jackson-Lee (TX)
Jefferson
John
Johnson, E. B.
Jones (OH)
Kanjorski
Kaptur
Kennedy (RI)
Kildee
Kilpatrick
Kind
Kleczka
Kucinich
Lampson
Langevin
Lantos
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Lee
Levin
Lewis (GA)
Lipinski
Lofgren
Lowey
Lynch
Majette
Maloney
Markey
Marshall
Matheson
Matsui
McCarthy (MO)
McCarthy (NY)
McCollum
McDermott
McGovern
McIntyre
McNulty
Meehan
Meek (FL)
Meeks (NY)
Menendez
Michaud
Millender-McDonald
Miller, George
Miller (NC)
Mollohan
Moore
Moran (VA)
Murtha
Nadler
Napolitano
Neal (MA)
Oberstar
Obey
Olver
Ortiz
Owens
Pallone
Pascrell
Pastor
Payne
Pelosi
Peterson (MN)
Pomeroy
Price (NC)
Rahall
Rangel
Reyes
Rodriguez
Ross
Rothman
Roybal-Allard
Ruppersberger
Rush
Ryan (OH)
Sabo
SÃ ¡nchez, Linda
Sanchez, Loretta
Sandlin
Schakowsky
Schiff
Scott (VA)
Serrano
Sherman
Skelton
Slaughter
Smith (WA)
Snyder
Solis
Spratt
Stark
Stenholm
Strickland
Stupak
Tauscher
Taylor (MS)
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Tierney
Towns
Turner (TX)
Udall (CO)
Udall (NM)
Van Hollen
Velà ¡zquez
Visclosky
Waters
Watson
Watt
Waxman
Weiner
Wexler
Woolsey
Wu
Wynn

INDEPENDENTS AGAINST: 1
Sanders

Not Voting: 8

REPUBLICANS (4): DEMOCRATS (4): INDEPENDENTS (0)
McInnis
Pence
Quinn
Tauzin
Abercrombie
Hoeffel
Lucas (KY)
Tanner
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