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Dem Leadership Loves CBO Now, But Used to Question It

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) used to sing a different tune on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

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On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its report assessing the impact the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would have for the public. Democratic leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) were quick to praise the CBO.

“CBO is virtually unassailable,” Schumer said at a press conference Monday. “Everyone – Democrats and Republicans – whether it be George Bush, Barack Obama, or anyone else, has gone along with CBO. They won’t be able to discredit this. This report is going to resound from one end of America to the other.”

Schumer went on to say, “CBO speaks the truth. They’ve been speaking the truth for decades. And to try to attack CBO is simply attacking the messenger.

While Nancy Pelosi said of the CBO director, “It’s somebody appointed by the Republicans to do the numbers and come as close as possible as to what the impact would be on the American people on their health and on our budget.”

However, in 2009 during the Senate Finance Committee’s fifth day of debating amendments to ObamaCare, Schumer was critical of the CBO saying, “the CBO is conservative, and we live with that in every way.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi In June 2009 said the CBO was a source of frustration for many in Congress. ABC News reported in June 2009:

A week ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said that “it’s always been a source, yes I will say frustration, for many of us in Congress that the CBO will always give you the worst case scenario on one initiative and never … any credit for anything that happens if you have early intervention, health care. If you have prevention, if you have wellness … you name any positive investment that we make, that we know reduces cost, brings money to the Treasury in the case of education but never scored positively by the CBO. Yes, it is frustrating.”

Pelosi said, “I hope we will see them say, ‘This is what we see the cost of something. We have not accounted for the benefits’ because they don’t and they haven’t and it should not be inferred from what they do that they have.”

It appears that the Democratic leadership agrees with the CBO when it aligns with their beliefs, but finds it “conservative” and frustrating when it does not.