Do the New House Rules Violate the Law?
Posted at 11:45 a.m. on Jan. 4
The Hill notes that House Republicans adopted rules for the 113th Congress that reject fast-track procedures for Medicare cuts recommended by the Independent Payment Advisory Board established by President Obama’s health care reform law.
“The rules package signals that Republicans might not bring up Medicare cuts recommended by the IPAB… The rules could be challenged in court, because they seek to override a law that Congress passed, but unless that happens, the House can likely abide by the rules.”
“The healthcare law says the House must begin taking up the IPAB’s recommendations as soon as they’re made, and requires House committees to pass them quickly. Congress can only change the IPAB’s recommendations if it comes up with the same level of savings elsewhere in the budget.”