No, PayGo is not about fiscal responsibility.
No, folks, PayGo is not the Speaker being fiscally responsible. That’s the lie they’d like you to believe. Speaker Pelosi can get around PayGo and pass any budget bill she wants, simply by using the emergency provision. Declare it an emergency budget proposal, and PayGo is irrelevant.
It’s a rule change, not a federal law. The next House session can suspend PayGo, or adopt new rules with a simple majority. Republicans have done this several times.
The only Constitutional requirement is that the House adopts its rules, or the Senate adopts its rules with a simple majority of the quorum present. Speaker Pelosi could suspend PayGo tomorrow with half the caucus present, provided it was a simple majority of the votes present at the time.
PayGo has nothing to do with “fiscal responsibility.” Not one thing.
PayGo is a poison pill to kill Medicare for All, and any other progressive legislation that would upset Speaker Pelosi’s meal ticket in the health insurance industry. That’s all it’s for.