Congressional Budget Office

Freshman Democrats to chairs: Follow PAYGO, get CBO scores before markups
Letter led by Rep. Sharice Davids asks House committee chairs to ensure legislation does not add to deficit

Kansas Rep. Sharice Davids and nine other House Democratic freshmen want committee chairs to adhere to PAYGO rules and offset legislation that would increase the deficit. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Ten moderate Democratic freshmen are sending a letter Wednesday to House committee chairs asking that their panels better adhere to the chamber’s rule for offsetting legislation that would add to the deficit. 

Back in the majority for the first time in eight years, Democrats kicked off the 116th Congress by reinstating a pay-as-you-go, or PAYGO, provision in House rules. Under the provision, legislation that would increase the deficit must be offset by spending cuts or revenue increases.

Former CBO director: If Congress wanted to change Obamacare, they ‘blew it’ with their process
“I’m on the way out so I can say this”

Keith Hall, then-director of the Congressional Budget Office, arrives to testify at a House Budget Committee hearing in Longworth Building on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Keith Hall finally broke his own rule and publicly defended the Congressional Budget Office’s scoring process as he prepared to leave the office’s top spot in late May. Republicans in Congress criticized the CBO in 2017 for its report that said their bill to repeal the 2010 health care law would cause millions to lose their insurance.

House to Vote on CBO Staff Cuts
Appropriations amendment would eliminate budget analysis division

Virginia Rep. Morgan Griffith, who led the effort to reintroduce the Holman rule, took the first crack at using it by offering an amendment to cut Congressional Budget Office staff. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House this week will vote on whether to eliminate the positions of 89 Congressional Budget Office employees in what will be its first vote under the so-called Holman rule that Republicans in the chamber reinstated on a trial basis earlier this year.

The Holman rule allows members to offer amendments to appropriations bills designed to reduce the scope and size of government.

Insurance Companies Say Cruz Amendment ‘Unworkable’
Texas senator says revised bill would give consumers freedom to choose more affordable plans

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, arrives for the the unveiling of the Senate Republicans’ new version of health care plan on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two of the nation’s largest health care insurance companies called on the Senate to strike an amendment by Sen. Ted Cruz to their health care bill, saying it would “undermine protections for those with pre-existing medical conditions.”

Cruz’s amendment to the Better Care Reconciliation Act would allow insurers to sell low-cost policies that don’t meet existing federal regulations so long as they also offer one plan that does include services required under the Affordable Care Act, such as prescription drug coverage.