January 19, 2019

Democrats retake House of Representatives in US Congress

03 January 2019, 02:06 | Silvia Roy

Democrats retake House of Representatives in US Congress

The Latest: Pelosi pledges to 'reach across the aisle'

Some progressive Democrats have announced that they will vote against House Democrats' rules package, which was rolled out Tuesday evening. Steny Hoyer, D-Md.; Gerry Connolly, D-Va.; Don Beyer, D-Va.; Jamie Raskin, D-Md.; and Eleanor Holmes-Norton, D-D.C.; as well as Reps. -elect Jennifer Wexton, D-Va.; and David Trone, D-Md. - announced January 2 that the first votes of the new Congress would be to remove the rule from use.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez affirmed on Wednesday that she will vote against a House rules package proposed by Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, in a dramatic show of defiance that sets up yet another early shutdown with her own party's establishment.

PAYGO will require new mandatory spending increases to be funded either by cuts in mandatory spending or increases in revenue, which could be done through taxes.

"I will be voting NO on the Rules package with #PayGo".

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"The austerians were wrong about the Great Recession and Great Depression", he added.

Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old representative-elect from New York City, said on Twitter Wednesday that the system referred to as paygo "isn't only bad economics", but is "also a dark political maneuver created to hamstring progress on healthcare+other leg".

Alexandra Pelosi, a documentary filmmaker and the daughter of Democratic House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi, painted a gory "Game Of Thrones"-esque scene to explain how her mother will approach meetings with President Donald Trump".

Michael Zetts, the communications director for Ryan, told Newsweek the congressman had not yet decided how he'd vote on the rules package, but that he did oppose the PAYGO proposition.

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"We all agree that the real problem with PAYGO exists in the statute that requires it", they said in a statement. "Critical investments in education, infrastructure, and health care should not be held hostage to budgetary constraints that Republicans have never respected anyhow".

Drew Hammill, Pelosi's deputy chief of staff, responded to criticism of the pay-go rule by noting how a federal law signed under President Barack Obama mandates across-the-board cuts to other programs if new deficit-increasing legislation is enacted. But with high-profile politicians like Khanna and Ocasio-Cortez signaling their opposition, it may able to happen.

However, he changed his mind after Pelosi agreed to a deal about setting term limits for serving as speaker.

Several provisions could also make it easier for House Democrats to pass legislation rolling back all or part of the GOP tax cuts, which Democrats have pledged to revisit once they officially assume the majority in the House.

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Since Republicans had the majority in 2011, they established a rule that any bill allowing increases in federal income taxes must have the support of three-fifths of the lower chamber to pass.

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