New House Rules Carve-Out for ‘Climate Change’ Bills Exempted from Requiring Projected Price Tag

by Andrew Trunsky


House Democrats blocked a Republican attempt on Monday to require any proposed climate change legislation to also include its projected cost.

Under the Pay As You Go (PAYGO) rule, any additional government spending proposed must be accompanied by tax increases or separate cuts. After a push from several lawmakers in the Democratic Party’s progressive wing, however, the rules package for the 117th Congress states PAYGO will not apply to legislation relating to the necessary economic recovery or U.S. efforts to combat climate change.

Exempt from the budgetary requirements are “measures to prevent, prepare for, or respond to economic or public health consequences resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic… and measures to prevent, prepare for, or respond to economic, environmental, or public health consequences resulting from climate change,” the package outlines.

Republicans, led by Budget Committee Ranking Member Jason Smith, made a motion to commit to pulling the exemption relating to climate change, but their attempt was ultimately blocked by House Democrats.

Speaking on the floor before the vote, Smith accused Democrats of “attempting to strip Americans of the transparency they deserve in order to push through an expensive progressive wish-list.”

“[These] rules will continue to let Democrats shirk their duty to write and pass a budget,” Smith added. “The people deserve… a transparent budget to know how House Democrats plan to spend their hard-earned tax dollars and increase their taxes.”

With the exemption for climate change-related legislation sweeping proposals like the Green New Deal could be introduced without being accompanied by their expected costs. A 2019 estimate from the American Action Forum found that the plan would cost approximately $93 trillion over the next 10 years.

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Andrew Trunsky is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.
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  1. Julie

    In order to collapse the capitalist model here in the U.S. they have to bankrupt us and replace the dollar as the reserve currency. When that happens get ready for food, gas, and other shortages as well as sky high inflation if you were smart enough to save your money. Why do you think congressional members have invested with overseas companies where all our tax dollars are being sent? Trump has to pressure congress to clean this up in term 2.