Rep. Gallego: This is a new time in politics where people are “blatantly lying” and producing policies that will “kill people” pic.twitter.com/94j5PpO8x1
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PHOENIX — As House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke on the House floor regarding the GOP health care bill, Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego, a Democrat, yelled “where’s the score.”
Gallego confirmed the reported outburst on CNN.
His complaint was for the lack of a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score on the American Health Care Act, the GOP’s attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. The CBO “provides the Congress with several hundred formal cost estimates that analyze the likely effects of proposed legislation on the federal budget,” per the office’s website.
Gallego didn’t seem to regret raising his grievance so boisterously.
“This is a new time in politics where people are just blatantly lying and, essentially, producing policies that are going to kill people,” he told CNN’s Brianna Keilar. “So, I think the old time of civility needs to go until we actually go back to the rules. But right now we’re about to kick off 24 million people off of health insurance.
“Somebody yelling for accountability and asking for CBO is not the thing we should really be worried about.”
He also took to Twitter to jab at Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, both Republicans.