ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN
CAPITOL HILL – Today the 116th Congress is sworn in.
The House of Representatives will now be led by Democrats. Speaker of the House designate Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the first and only woman to be Speaker, will have a second go in that position.
As soon as House members are sworn in, Speaker Pelosi will send to the Senate a budget designed to reopen the government. Pelosi promises that the budget will not include funding for a border wall.
Speaker Pelosi will lead a deeply divided caucus, rent between progressives, who demand a more aggressive stand against President Donald Trump, and moderates, who seek compromise with Republicans. Speaker Pelosi will lead voting on new rules for the 116th Congress.
A newly-elected progressive, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), tweeted yesterday that she will oppose a new rule designed to mitigate deficit spending with House bills:
Tomorrow I will also vote No on the rules package, which is trying to slip in #PAYGO.
PAYGO isn’t only bad economics, as @RoKhanna explains; it’s also a dark political maneuver designed to hamstring progress on healthcare+other leg.
We shouldn’t hinder ourselves from the start. https://t.co/WW3UaBs7vh
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 2, 2019
PAYGO or pay-as-you-go demands that all tax cuts and spending increases initiated by the House must be offset with other tax increases and/or spending cuts elsewhere in the budget.
Pelosi’s Democrat-led new House majority will be reengaging with investigations into President Trump’s relationship with Russia. A member of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) tells TMN:
(Audio: Jackie Speier (D-Calif.)
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill