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House Democrats Adopt PAYGO Austerity Spending Rule

HeadlineJan 04, 2019

House Democrats also approved a rules package for the new Congress that, among other things, imposes a rule known as ”PAYGO,” which requires Congress to offset any new spending with either tax increases or budget cuts. Only three Democrats—Ro Khanna of California, Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York—voted “no.” Critics say PAYGO is a conservative austerity measure that could hamper efforts to pass progressive legislation.

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