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Ayanna Pressley is co-sponsoring a bill to repeal ‘pay-as-you-go’

US Representative Ayanna Pressley (center) with Lauren Underwood D-IL (left) and Ilhan Omar D-MN (right) during the swearing-in ceremony of Congressional Black Caucus members of the 116th Congress at The Warner Theatre in Washington on Jan. 3.Jose Luis Magana/Associated Press

Newly inaugurated Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley announced on Twitter Friday night that she would be cosponsoring legislation to get rid of a fiscal measure known as ‘‘pay as you go,’’ or PAYGO.

According to the New York Times, PAYGO requires all new spending to be offset by equal cuts or tax increases. The rule, echoing a provision in federal law and in the Senate’s rules, would require the House to offset any spending so as not to increase the budget deficit.

Pressley said on Twitter she was “proud” to “cosponsor legislation to finally address a real problem that has stalled the progressive agenda.”


“I was sent to Congress to be bold, unbought and unbossed,” Pressley said in the tweet. “More robust than a rule, this bill will get to the heart of disparities promulgated by the #PAYGO statute.”

The Massachusetts Democrat retweeted an announcement from Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, a Washington state Democrat and co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, who said she wanted to “get rid of this nonsensical rule that is bad for our economy and for working people.”

Congressoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, has been outspoken against PAYGO. In a tweet, Ocasio-Cortez referred to it as not only “bad economics,” but also “a dark political maneuver designed to hamstring progress on heathcare.”

Material from the New York Times was used in this report. Abbi Matheson can be reached at Follow her on Twitter at @AbbiMatheson