By John McManus, The McManus Group
The 116th Congress convened under the shadow of a partial government shutdown with Republicans handing the gavel to newly elected Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). House Democrats have made it clear that healthcare will be a key priority, second only to investigating the Trump administration.
On January 3, the House of Representatives passed a sweeping rules package, which delineates how Democrats will approach two key issues:
- direction to the House general counsel to defend the Affordable Care Act from the recent Texas ruling, which held that the ACA is unconstitutional
- reimposition of “PAYGO” (pay as you go) rules, which require new entitlement spending or tax cuts to be financed with tax increases or other entitlement spending cuts.