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

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

But, along with other progressive House Democrats, the congresswoman-elect is continuing to cause trouble for presumptive incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Democratic House leadership.

"Americans demanded a new direction, and this rules package will immediately usher in a new era for this Congress", said Mr. McGovern, Massachusetts Democrat.

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. If the rules package is adopted, the cost of any new entitlement spending or tax cuts must be paid for in order to come to the House floor for a vote. CUTGO's intended objective was, according to past GOP House leaderships, to "stop growth in the size and scope of the Federal Government and prioritize spending cuts over revenue increases".

"Tomorrow I will also vote No on the rules package, which is trying to slip in #PAYGO. It is bad economics", Khanna said on Twitter.

Ocasio-Cortez echoed the congressman's remarks, saying she will also vote no. "PAYGO isn't only bad economics, as @RoKhanna explains", she tweeted, "it's also a dark political maneuver created to hamstring progress on healthcare+other leg". "We shouldn't hinder ourselves from the start".

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez affirmed on Wednesday that she will vote against a House rules package proposed by Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, in a dramatic show of defiance that sets up yet another early shutdown with her own party's establishment.

Among other provisions, the package includes a section saying that legislative text has to be publicly available for 72 hours before a bill is considered in the House, and another saying that bills with broad support from members will be placed on a special priority calendar. In a statement, Ryan classified it as a "no-go for me". "Critical investments in education, infrastructure, and health care should not be held hostage to budgetary constraints that Republicans have never respected anyhow". Lawmakers like Ocasio-Cortez are fighting for new legislations like Medicare for all-and Paygo rules would make it nigh impossible to pass such new and effective programs. The threat to derail Pelosi's bid to retake the speaker's gavel forced her to strike a deal with rebel Democrats in December to limit her speakership to three terms, pledging to bow out in 2022.

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

It also includes language saying that when the House passes an annual budget resolution, a separate resolution suspending the federal debt limit is "deemed" to have also passed the House.

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