Ocasio-Cortez challenges Nancy Pelosi by opposing her 'dark political maneuver'

Henrietta Brewer
January 3, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is going to defy Nancy Pelosi as soon as she is sworn in as House speaker.

The rules package also contains a provision that makes it more hard to pass legislation that increases the deficit, with some exceptions for emergencies.

House leadership defended its choice to replace CUTGO with PAYGO, saying it was, "eliminating the sham budgetary process of CUTGO that pretends tax cuts pay for themselves; streamlining budget rules by eliminating dynamic scoring requirements; reinstating and modernizing the Gephardt Rule to protect our nation's credit rating; and ending the policy that allows Federal lands to be given away for free without acknowledging the budgetary impact". "PAYGO isn't only bad economics, as @RoKhanna explains; it's also a dark political maneuver created to hamstring progress on healthcare+other leg", Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

California Rep. Ro Khanna was the first Democrat to announce his opposition to the rules package based on the PAYGO provision Wednesday.

Democrats seize control of the House on Thursday with fresh voices and new energy as they prepare to take on President Donald Trump, many of them inspired to run because of his presidency. Democrats believe under an obscure IRS rule, the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Richard Neal of MA, has the power to obtain the returns from the Treasury Department. Other notable provisions include reviving the "Gephardt rule", which automatically raises the debt ceiling when the House passes a budget.

The rules package needs 218 votes to pass.

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.

Newly elected progressive House Democrats, especially Ocasio-Cortez, have already proved themselves to be powerful rebels against Pelosi.

"Tomorrow I will also vote No on the rules package, which is trying to slip in #PAYGO".

"We must not handcuff our new Democratic majority, so PAYGO is a no go for me", Ryan said.

House Democratic leaders agreed past year to drop another rule proposal opposed by Pocan and Jayapal, one that would have made it more hard to pass legislation raising taxes.

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