Tim Ryan is all about “know[ing] the economic effects of the bills before we vote…” until Nancy Pelosi tells him otherwise.
As a group of moderate Democrats hold up Pelosi’s trillions in spending over concerns that she is attempting to ram the bill through without an official Congressional Budget Office score to examine the economic impacts of all this spending – what’s notable is that Tim Ryan isn’t one of them. Meaning he’s perfectly comfortable spending trillions without any examination of how it could affect Ohio jobs and wages.
What’s ironic is how many times in the past Ryan has said knowing the CBO score is vital before taking a vote:
- March 2017: Congress should wait for a CBO score of Obamacare repeal prior to floor consideration because “it is critical… to help Americans understand what consequences your legislation holds for them” as part of “an open and transparent legislative process.”
- July 2017: The CBO is “an essential component to what we do here,” and “attempts to give us the best, most accurate information that they could possibly provide us.”
- April 2018: CBO’s analysis “is a key part pushing us towards fiscal discipline and transparency, members of Congress need to know the economic effects of the bills before we vote…” (House Appropriations Committee Legislative Branch Subcommittee)
- February 2020: “We need CBO’s help in making sure our bills add up to what they’re supposed to and we need CBO cost estimates at each stage of legislative action.”
“Tim Ryan’s grandstanding about ‘fiscal responsibility’ and ‘transparent process’ is a convenient act that evaporates whenever Nancy Pelosi tells him to get on board with her progressive wish list. What’s truly sad is Ohio workers will be the ones to feel the destructive effects of Ryan’s dishonesty – until they have the chance to make their voices heard at the ballot box.” -SLF Communications Director Jack Pandol