Pelosi Changes House Rules to Hurt Republicans

Pelosi Changes House Rules to Hurt Republicans

( – Members of Congress were sworn into office on Sunday, January 3, 2021, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) didn’t waste any time focusing attention on weakening the position of House Republicans. The House spent much of their time debating a new rules package that would govern how the House conducts business for the next two years.

As expected, the House passed the rules along partisan lines by a vote of 217 to 206. Democrats enacted a couple of rules in particular meant to harm their Republican counterparts.

First, the rules package weakened a procedural tool known as the “motion to recommit,” used by a minority party to change prospective legislation before a floor vote. Republicans had successfully used the rule to force Democrats to vote on politically-charged measures that could harm them in upcoming elections.

Democrats also changed a longstanding provision regarding budget deficits. Known as PAYGO, the pay-as-you-go rule required direct budgetary offsets for any legislation that would increase the deficit. Eliminating this rule is considered a huge win for Progressives who like the idea of tax and spend measures like their hoped-for Green New Deal and Medicare-for-All.

Elections have consequences, and Democrats may regret these changes considering the historical likelihood of them losing seats in the 2022 midterm elections.

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