Ocasio-Cortez plans to vote against the Democrats' rules package because it includes a "pay-go" provision that she says will hinder getting progressive legislation passed.
That 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.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez affirmed on Wednesday that she will vote against a House rules package proposed by Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, in a dramatic show of defiance that sets up yet another early shutdown with her own party's establishment.
The request for a decade of tax returns is an increase from initial reports that Democrats would only seek three years. Democrats believe under an obscure IRS rule, the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Richard Neal of MA, has the power to obtain the returns from the Treasury Department.
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Newly elected progressive House Democrats, especially Ocasio-Cortez, have already proved themselves to be powerful rebels against Pelosi. Other notable provisions include reviving the "Gephardt rule", which automatically raises the debt ceiling when the House passes a budget. Sixteen current and incoming House Democrats signed a letter in November saying they believed, "more strongly than ever that the time has come for new leadership".
Pelosi's deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, defended the Democrats' paygo rule Wednesday as a way of heading off the across-the-board cuts.
"We must not handcuff our New Democratic majority, so PAYGO is a no-go for me", Ryan said.
Assuming none of the 197 Republicans vote to approve the rules package, the 234-member Democratic conference can not afford to lose more than 16 votes in order for it to pass.
The rules package needs 218 votes to pass.
Ocasio-Cortez's dissent follows her criticism of House leaders over a new select committee on climate change, which she said was too weak in part because the House rules measure didn't grant it power to draft legislation and issue subpoenas.