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What is Paygo? Why progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez oppose Pelosi's rule

What is Paygo? Why progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez oppose Pelosi's rule

Khanna was the first Democrat to say Wednesday that he wouldn't vote for the bill, dubbing it "terrible economics".

Some progressive Democrats have announced that they will vote against House Democrats' rules package, which was rolled out Tuesday evening.

"PAYGO isn't only bad economics, as Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) explains; it's also a dark political maneuver created to hamstring progress on healthcare+other leg", Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

If you thought House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would be ruthless in accomplishing her agenda, you might not be wrong according to her daughter Alexandra. "I don't think we need to handcuff ourselves in ways that Republicans never have".

Assuming none of the 197 Republicans vote to approve the rules package, the 234-member Democratic conference can not afford to lose more than 16 votes in order for it to pass.

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.




Drew Hammill, Pelosi's deputy chief of staff, fired back at the Democrats' tweets, saying Congress must replace CUTGO to, "allow Democrats to designate appropriate offsets (including revenue increases)".

Although Pelosi said in a statement afterward that "we welcome the presence of these activists", the episode highlighted a growing rift between establishment Democrats and up-and-coming politicians such as Ocasio-Cortez and Khanna, who each unseated longtime party incumbents.

A House of Representatives rule that gives Congress the authority to cut the pay of an individual federal employee or eliminate entire agency programs will be removed under a proposed rules package for the 116th Congress.

Newly elected progressive House Democrats, especially Ocasio-Cortez, have already proved themselves to be powerful rebels against Pelosi. The rules package also would remove term limits from committee chairmanships and establish a climate-change committee. Other notable provisions include reviving the "Gephardt rule", which automatically raises the debt ceiling when the House passes a budget.

"A vote AGAINST the Democratic Rules package is a vote to let Mick Mulvaney make across the board cuts, unilaterally reversing Democratic initiatives and funding increases".


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