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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

The Democrats' rules package repeals this rule and requires that a majority-by-voice vote will instead be required to raise taxes. Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairs Mark Pocan of Wisconsin and Pramila Jayapal of Washington said in a joint statement Wednesday they plan to vote for the rules package after receiving assurances that paygo can be waived and won't be an impediment to progressive priorities.

The decision by Ocasio-Cortez is an early signal that the incoming lawmaker won't be shy about using her vote and social media megaphone - she already has more than 1.7 million followers on Twitter - to oppose Pelosi when she considers it necessary.

The Pelosi-backed principle, Ocasio-Cortez charged in a Twitter post Wednesday, was a "dark political maneuver created to hamstring progress on healthcare" and other legislation.

Alexandra Pelosi, the daughter of San Francisco congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), was hesitant to discuss her mother Wednesday on CNN's New Day with Alison Camerota and John Berman. "I don't think we need to handcuff ourselves in ways that Republicans never have".

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"I'm not happy anyone wants to vote against the rules package", McGovern said, but he expressed confidence it would 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. He added that voting, "AGAINST the Democratic Rules package is a vote to let Mick Mulvaney make across-the-board cuts, unilaterally reversing Democratic initiatives and funding increases". "This will give everyday Americans a lot more confidence that all the other things we have on the agenda are going to be done in a way that really meets their expectations and responds to their priorities". But with high-profile politicians like Khanna and Ocasio-Cortez signaling their opposition, it may able to happen. The rules package also would remove term limits from committee chairmanships and establish a climate-change committee.

The "pay as you go" rule, commonly known as PAYGO, requires that any increase in entitlement spending be offset by cuts in other entitlement programs, or by new revenue raisers, in order to prevent the deficit from increasing. The rule changes involved automatically raising the debt ceiling when a new budget is passed along with other procedural tweaks.


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