Over rule change disliked by progressives, Khanna spars with Pelosi deputy

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Progressive House members, including Rep. Ro Khanna, say a proposed rule change that would allow new spending only if offset by matching cuts or increased future revenues, will seriously hamper its favored proposals, including Medicare for All.

The rule, known as “PayGo,” is part of a rules package coming before the new Democratic Congress. Khanna’s stance elicited a comment from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, which Khanna later attempted to spur on a conversation.

Khanna, who represents Fremont in the East Bay and parts of Silicon Valley, has been an strong opponent of the rule change. An ally in New York progressive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also opposes PayGo.

“I will be voting NO on the Rules package with #PayGo,” Khanna wrote Wednesday. “It is terrible economics. The austerians were wrong about the Great Recession and Great Depression. At some point, politicians need to learn from mistakes and read economic history.”

UPDATE: Khanna and two other Democrats voted against the rules package Thursday.

He continued his criticism of PayGo on Thursday, calling it absurd that some Democrats campaigned last fall for a $1 trillion infrastructure plan that would be undercut by PayGo, even though it creates millions of jobs and revenue growth.

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