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Roll Call: Senate Blocks Increased After-School Spending

The Senate successfully blocks another Democrat attempt to increase spending.

On September 10, by a vote of 49 to 46, the Senate refused to waive the Budget Act and consider an amendment to boost federal taxpayer funding for after-school programs.

The motion to waive the Budget Act, which requires 60 votes, was necessary because the underlying amendment would increase federal spending above the limits set in the budget resolution.

The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D.-Calif.), would have increased funding by $400 million over President Bush’s request.

Boxer complained that the federal government, by spending a mere $600 million to pay for after-school programs, is irreparably harming millions of children and “leaving them behind.”

“As we look at the [President’s] request for $87 billion, most of it for Iraq, I hope we will find it in our hearts to look at the millions of children in our own country who are waiting to get into after-school programs,” said Boxer.

“Where are our family values?” continued the outspoken proponent of partial-birth abortion and the defunding of the Boy Scouts for their stance on homosexuality. “While the administration is spending money asking parents where their kids are after school, on the other hand, with their red pencil they are cutting the funding for afterschool.”

After the vote failed, Boxer said, “We have just deprived 300,000 children in every one of our States of afterschool care, after being told by law enforcement that it helps solve crime problems, after being told by parents that it makes their children happy, after learning from study after study that the kids do better. . . this program has been flat-lined for three years in a row. It is a sad day, and I hope we will reverse ourselves at a future date.”

A “yes” vote was a vote to waive the Budget Act, and was in effect a vote to increase funding for afterschool programs. A “no” vote was a vote against the motion, and was, in effect, a vote against the extra funding.

FOR THE MOTION: 46 AGAINST THE MOTION: 49
REPUBLICANS FOR (1):
Murkowski

DEMOCRATS FOR (44):
Akaka
Baucus
Bayh
Biden
Bingaman
Boxer
Breaux
Byrd
Cantwell
Carper
Clinton
Conrad
Corzine
Daschle
Dayton
Dodd
Dorgan
Durbin
Ensign
Feingold
Feinstein
Harkin
Hollings
Inouye
Johnson
Kennedy
Kohl
Landrieu
Lautenberg
Leahy
Levin
Lincoln
Mikulski
Murray
Nelson (Fla.)
Nelson (Neb.)
Pryor
Reed (R.I.)
Reid (Nev.)
Rockefeller
Sarbanes
Schumer
Stabenow
Wyden

INDEPENDENT FOR (1):
Jeffords

REPUBLICANS AGAINST (48):
Alexander
Allard
Allen
Bennett
Bond
Brownback
Bunning
Burns
Campbell
Chafee
Chambliss
Cochran
Coleman
Collins
Cornyn
Craig
Crapo
DeWine
Dole
Domenici
Enzi
Fitzgerald
Frist
Graham (S.C.)
Grassley
Gregg
Hagel
Hatch
Hutchison
Inhofe
Kyl
Lott
Lugar
McCain
McConnell
Nickles
Roberts
Santorum
Sessions
Shelby
Snowe
Specter
Stevens
Sununu
Talent
Thomas
Voinovich
Warner

DEMOCRATS AGAINST (1):
Miller

NOT VOTING: 5

REPUBLICANS (1): DEMOCRATS (4):
Smith Graham (Fla.)
Edwards
Kerry
Lieberman
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