House Republicans are in a pickle: One of their new rules says that new legislation must be paid for. But the health-care bill reduces the federal deficit by more than $100 billion over the next 10 years. Luckily, they've figured out an answer to their problem: They've decided to simply exempt the repeal bill from the rules. That means they're beginning the 112th Congress by lifting their own rules in order to take a vote that will increase the deficit. Change we can believe in, and all that.I am so terrifically shocked. Really, I am.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
One of the first matters on which the new Republican House will vote is the repeal of the deficit-reducing HCR bill. In order to do this without specifying payment for the increase to the deficit that repeal would cause they will deploy hypocrisy at light-speed, exempting the legislation from their own pay-as-you-go rule. Ezra Klein explains: