WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Energy Action Team co-chairs Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) joined House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) in a joint statement to blast Speaker Pelosi’s rules package that exempts certain legislation from PAYGO requirements, laying the groundwork for multi-trillion-dollar, budget-busting bills like the Green New Deal without proper scrutiny or accounting for the damage they would do to hardworking families:

“Speaker Pelosi’s rules package prioritizes progressive activists over the livelihoods of the American people. By exempting certain legislation from PAYGO requirements, Speaker Pelosi and her socialist allies are paving the way for their radical Green New Deal without proper consideration of the devastating consequences it would have on American families. 

“The Democrats’ Green New Deal inspired agenda would outlaw fossil fuels and destroy American jobs, increase energy costs on hard-working families, and make our country less secure by increasing our dependence on oil from Russia and Middle-Eastern countries. Instead of acknowledging these facts, Speaker Pelosi created a rules package that would hide the devastating consequences of their legislation and require us to pass the bill to know how much it costs.

“This is an affront to middle-class families, American workers, our friends and allies overseas, and the all-of-the-above energy strategy that led to a cleaner environment along with the strongest economy our nation has ever seen. By supporting Speaker Pelosi’s rules package, every Democrat in Congress has displayed their contempt for working class Americans and their fundamental misunderstanding of what our country needs right now.” 

BACKGROUND:

Please also see additional information on PAYGO exemptions, courtesy of the House Committee on Rules Republicans, below.

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