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H.R. 242 (116th): To repeal the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010.

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Should the government be able to create new spending without finding a corresponding spending cut?


Under a law called the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, the cost of any new legislation must be offset by either cuts elsewhere in the federal budget or increased revenues. This reinstated rules that were previously in place from 1990 to 2002, the latter part of which was the only time in the past half-century that the government ran a surplus instead of a deficit.

It was passed in 2010 by Democrats ahead of the midterm elections, trying to counter a public image that they were reckless spenders ballooning the deficit. It didn’t work. Republicans won back the House, in large part based on such concerns among voters.

What the bill does

H.R. …

Sponsor and status

Pramila Jayapal

Sponsor. Representative for Washington's 7th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2019
Length: 1 page
Jan 4, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 4, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


32 Cosponsors (32 Democrats)



Jan 4, 2019

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H.R. 242 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 242. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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