Rep. Tim Ryan has often criticized House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, including whether she should be reelected as speaker, but he said Wednesday Democrats are "absolutely" united behind her while she negotiates to end the government shutdown.
Democrats have criticized the $1.5 trillion tax-cut package the GOP passed in December 2017 for increasing federal deficits, though both parties also came together previous year to boost federal spending caps by about $300 billion in 2018 and 2019. "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", she added.
"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", Hammill tweeted at Khanna. 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.
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. "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". Many Democrats don't like the paygo policy but are willing to support the overall rules package because they favor other provisions.
Newly elected progressive House Democrats, especially Ocasio-Cortez, have already proved themselves to be powerful rebels against Pelosi.
"I will be voting NO on the Rules package with #PayGo".
"We all agree that the real problem with PAYGO exists in the statute that requires it", they said in a statement.
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.
Ocasio-Cortez's dissent follows her criticism of House leaders over a new select committee on climate change, which she said was too weak in part because the House rules measure didn't grant it power to draft legislation and issue subpoenas. Only 18 Democrats need to oppose it to prevent the new rules from passing.