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

Adam Schiff is the incoming chair of the House Intelligence Committee which is expected to revive its investigation and seek answers to some previously unanswered questions in the Trump Russia saga

Adam Schiff is the incoming chair of the House Intelligence Committee which is expected to revive its investigation and seek answers to some previously unanswered questions in the Trump Russia saga

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

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".

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.

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

"I'm not happy anyone wants to vote against the rules package", McGovern said, but he expressed confidence it would pass. Democratic leaders can lose as many 17 votes within their ranks and still pass the rules package, which is usually a mundane vote for House majorities. "I don't think we need to handcuff ourselves in ways that Republicans never have".

The rule has enraged some progressives because they believe the rule will make it harder for Congress to pass progressive policy aims like Medicare for all or climate change legislation.

After the new House is seated, one of the first orders of business will be approving the new rules package governing the House for this term.

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)".

"We all agree that the real problem with PAYGO exists in the statute that requires it", they said in a statement. Vice presidents would also be required to disclose a decade of returns.

The dispute reflects early tension between the party's ascendant progressive wing and more conservative members who view deficit reduction as a priority.

Reps. Mark Pocanm D-Wis., and Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., the co-chairpersons of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said they would support the overall rules package despite their opposition to PAYGO, citing a commitment from House leaders that the provision "will not be an impediment to advancing key progressive priorities" in the new Congress.

She added, "We're talking about border security".

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