For instance, here's Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ), talking to reporters last year about the standards the GOP applies to tax cuts and new spending -- specifically unemployment.
"My view, and I think most of the people in my party don't believe that you should ever have to offset a tax cut," he said.
On Tuesday, after a Republican Senate Leadership briefing at the Capitol, we put the same question to him -- this time about repealing the so-called 1099 requirement in the health care law. If tax cuts don't need to be offset, why does this tax cut need to be offset.
"This isn't passing a tax cut, this is repealing a tax increase in effect," Kyl said. "The 1099 requirement was a revenue raiser of something like $17 billion to help pay for 'ObamaCare' and should have never been put on the legislation."
Don't be surprised to see this new standard applied to other parts of the health care law as well. Repealing existing taxes on businesses and the wealthy will always pass muster. But any existing taxes passed as part of the health care law will have to be offset by stripping away another chunk of the law -- as will likely happen this time.