Ocasio-Cortez challenges Nancy Pelosi by opposing her 'dark political maneuver'

Some progressive Democrats announce opposition to new House rules

Some progressive Democrats announce opposition to new House rules

Alexandra Pelosi, a documentary filmmaker and the daughter of Democratic House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi, painted a gory "Game Of Thrones"-esque scene to explain how her mother will approach meetings with President Donald Trump".

The rules package also contains a provision that makes it more hard to pass legislation that increases the deficit, with some exceptions for emergencies.

Since Republicans had the majority in 2011, they established a rule that any bill allowing increases in federal income taxes must have the support of three-fifths of the lower chamber to pass.

The Pelosi-backed principle, Ocasio-Cortez charged in a Twitter post Wednesday, was a "dark political maneuver created to hamstring progress on healthcare" and other legislation.

"We shouldn't hinder ourselves from the start", Ocasio-Cortez concluded.

When the 116th Congress is sworn in, one of the first votes they will take is on a rules package that will govern how Congress operates.

Rep. James McGovern, the incoming chairman of the House Rules Committee, said the package is the result of "unprecedented consultation" among members. How many more times can we say no? The rule changes involved automatically raising the debt ceiling when a new budget is passed along with other procedural tweaks. Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described democratic socialist, has become a star on the left for her pugnacious attitude in advancing liberal causes.

Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Pelosi, tweeted in response to Khanna on Wednesday, pointing out that the federal law remains in place regardless of what rules House Democrats adopt - and that including the measure in the rules would allow Democrats to "designate appropriate offsets" rather than allow the Trump administration to make the across-the-board cuts mandated in law.

Additional elements to the rules package include ethics reforms that preclude congressional members and their staff from serving on corporate boards, as well as the revival of a rule that all legislation must be made available at least 72 hours before a vote is held.

"We all agree that the real problem with PAYGO exists in the statute that requires it", they said in a statement.

"I'm not happy anyone wants to vote against the rules package", McGovern said, but he expressed confidence it would pass. "That's all you need to know about her".

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