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Title: Budget Resolution FY99
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to adopt a concurrent resolution that calls for $1.32 trillion in total spending for fiscal year 1999.
- $270.7 billion for National Defense.
- $243.3 billion for Income Security.
- $18.3 billion for General Science, Space, and Technology.
- $210.3 billion for Medicare.
- $145.8 billion for Health.
- $63.05 billion for Education, Training, Employment, and Social Services.
- $51.5 billion for Transportation.
- $42.8 billion for Veteran's Benefits and Services.
- $25.8 billion for Administration of Justice.
- $23.4 billion for Natural Resources and the Environment.
- $14.6 billion for International Affairs.
- $14.5 billion for General Government.
- $12.6 billion for Social Security.
- $12 billion for Agriculture.
- $4.2 billion for Commerce and Housing Credit.
Expresses the sense of the Senate that:
- The Internal Revenue Code of 1986 should expire after December 31, 2001 and that a new Federal tax system should be enacted.
- The Federal Government should protect against terrorist attacks by establishing effective coordination between intelligence-gathering and law enforcement agencies, seeking full international cooperation in capturing and convicting terrorists, and creating a national strategy to protect critical infrastructure.
- Budget surpluses should be used to reform Social Security.
- No funds should be provided to carry out the Kyoto Protocol prior to Senate ratification.
- The cigarette tax should increase by $1.50 per pack.
- There should be an amendment to the Constitution which would require a supermajority (3/5) vote in each House of Congress to approve tax increases.
- No funds appropriated by Congress should be used for medicinal marijuana, except for medical research completed under the Food and Drug Administration.
- The Ten Commandments should be permitted to be on public display as long as it is consistent with the 1st Amendment.
- The Department of Defense should give the highest priority to fully funding the National Guard.