Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Nancy Pelosi Won't Rule out the Indictment of President Trump

Nancy Pelosi Won't Rule out the Indictment of President Trump

Ocasio-Cortez, who identifies as a Socialist Democrat, has been a thorn in the side of the Democratic establishment since she stunned the political world by defeating a Democratic party boss in a primary for a U.S. House seat from NY. In this case, it was by winning back the Democratic majority and amassing the votes for the speaker's job. Steny Hoyer, D-Md.; Gerry Connolly, D-Va.; Don Beyer, D-Va.; Jamie Raskin, D-Md.; and Eleanor Holmes-Norton, D-D.C.; as well as Reps. -elect Jennifer Wexton, D-Va.; and David Trone, D-Md. - announced January 2 that the first votes of the new Congress would be to remove the rule from use.

Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., the incoming chairman of the House Rules Committee, has spent months putting together the proposals to create, in Pelosi's wording, the "most transparent" House ever.

A study released in July by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University said Ocasio-Cortez's proposed "Medicare for all" solution would increase government health care spending by $32.6 trillion over 10 years, and require historic tax increases.

The rule has enraged some progressives because they believe the rule will make it harder for Congress to pass progressive policy aims like Medicare for all or climate change legislation.

"With our first votes, House Democrats - led by members from the National Capital Region - will demonstrate our commitment to restoring support for the federal workforce in Congress".

Rep. Tim Ryan (D., Ohio), a former Pelosi foe, also came out against the pay-go rule but didn't say he would vote against the rules package entirely.

"We shouldn't hinder ourselves from the start", Ocasio-Cortez concluded. "And they have to take me down, and that's what they've tried to do", she said. "That is why we will be introducing legislation in the 116th Congress to end PAYGO". A core group of rank-and-file Democrats has hungered for new leadership, saying it's time for a new generation to take the helm. But the rules fell by the wayside amid the budget surpluses of the 1990s.

Before the shutdown began on December 22, Trump said during a testy meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the Democratic senator for NY, that he would take responsibility for any federal government stoppage. "Let's make a deal?" he tweeted.

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