Email #43, Subject: preventing the budget office from doing its job?

I’m reading the rules package you voted for on the first day of the new Congress.

  1. 25: “The Director of the Congressional Budget Office shall … prepare an estimate of whether a bill … would cause … a net increase in direct spending in excess of $5,000,000,000 in any of the 4 consecutive 10 fiscal year periods….”
  2. 26: “This subsection shall not apply to any bill or joint resolution, or amendment thereto or conference report thereon— (A) repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”

Does this mean that you don’t want the Budget Office to figure out how much repealing Obamacare is going to cost us? Isn’t that incredibly important information? The last estimate from 2015 was $353 billion. Why are stopping the CBO from doing its job? I thought you were a budget and deficit hawk. How could you vote yes to something that undermines one of your stated priorities? And after the public outcry over your attempt to alter the Ethics Office, your manipulation of the Budge Office only adds to the impression of incumbant corruption. If repealing Obamacare requires suppressing one of the underlying principles governing House procedures, maybe you shouldn’t be repealing it?

Chris Gavaler

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

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