January 19, 2019

House Democrats roll out rules package for new Congress

03 January 2019, 07:24 | Silvia Roy

Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Pelosi, tweeted in response to Khanna on Wednesday, pointing out that the federal law remains in place regardless of what rules House Democrats adopt - and that including the measure in the rules would allow Democrats to "designate appropriate offsets" rather than allow the Trump administration to make the across-the-board cuts mandated in law.

Democrats have criticized the $1.5 trillion tax-cut package the GOP passed in December 2017 for increasing federal deficits, though both parties also came together a year ago to boost federal spending caps by about $300 billion in 2018 and 2019.

The request for a decade of tax returns is an increase from initial reports that Democrats would only seek three years.

"PAYGO isn't only bad economics, as Ro Khanna explains; it's also a dark political maneuver created to hamstring progress on healthcare [and] other [legislation]", the she tweeted. "I don't think we need to handcuff ourselves in ways that Republicans never have". The New Republic, citing a recent paper, explains that "Affordable Care Act's subsidies were artificially made smaller because of pay-go rules".

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But in their first day of power in the new Congress, Democrats must stave off a liberal rebellion after prominent Democrats said they would oppose the entire rules package that has been carefully assembled by Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and a top lieutenant.

"I will be voting NO on the Rules package with #PayGo". The austerians were wrong about the Great Recession and Great Depression.

House Democrats are fighting over new rule changes being proposed by incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) on the eve of the party taking back the House of Representatives.

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. "At some point, politicians need to learn from mistakes and read economic history". In a statement, Ryan classified it as a "no-go for me".

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Ocasio-Cortez tweeted against "paygo" which is a policy meant to keep government spending far too much by instituting revenue increases to offset any new spending, or "pay as you go". Sixteen current and incoming House Democrats signed a letter in November saying they believed, "more strongly than ever that the time has come for new leadership".

Rep. James McGovern, the incoming chairman of the House Rules Committee, said the package is the result of "unprecedented consultation" among members. Under GOP rules, what is often called the debt limit vote was separate and led to many tense battles with conservatives who wanted to hold the federal borrowing authority hostage in exchange for other demands.

The package removes a requirement that a three-fifths majority is needed to increase federal income taxes.

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