Blue Dog Leadership Praises Speaker Pelosi’s Support for PAYGO
WASHINGTON—Today, Blue Dog Co-Chair for Communications, Rep. Lou Correa (CA-46), issued the following statement in response to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s remarks at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s 2019 Fiscal Summit, where she reaffirmed her support for the bipartisan Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) rule, which requires Congress to pay for new priorities:
“The Blue Dogs are glad to see that Speaker Pelosi reaffirmed her continued support for the bipartisan PAYGO rule. With an unprecedented $22 trillion national debt today and the prospect of a $1 trillion annual budget deficit in a few years, the least Congress can do is prevent the problem from getting worse. And PAYGO does just that. We look forward to working together with both parties on an agenda that is paid for to ensure a better future for our children and grandchildren.”
Today, Hart Research Associates released polling showing that 52 percent of Americans believe the federal budget deficit is worse today than it was two years ago.
Last week, the Blue Dog Coalition sent a letter to House Democratic leadership calling for House leadership to abide by PAYGO. Specifically, the Coalition requested that leadership only designate items on the Consensus Calendar for consideration under a process that does not waive other House rules, including those that are intended to keep our fiscal house in order.