(Washington Examiner) House Democrats passed new rules Thursday requiring that legislation creating new entitlement programs also include pay cuts or tax increases to prevent an increase in the federal deficit.
The rule's imposition is a loss for some liberals, including Reps. Ro Khanna of California and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, and activists on the Left who opposed it on the grounds that it could hinder efforts to introduce new programs, such as expanding Medicare coverage to all age groups or a federal jobs guarantee.
“I just think that it has a difference to do with how we actually pay for these things when you pair it with the fact that dynamic scoring is being removed as well, which I think is completely understandable. You’re not including the macroeconomic impact of 'Medicare for all' or tuition-free public colleges and universities,” said Ocasio-Cortez in a brief interview Thursday.
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