Report: New Congress Dumping CBO Chief To Clear Way For Special GOP Budget Math

FILE - This Feb. 1, 2012 file photo shows Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Doug Elmendorf testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. More people than previously estimated will reduce their hours or leave the... FILE - This Feb. 1, 2012 file photo shows Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Doug Elmendorf testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. More people than previously estimated will reduce their hours or leave the workforce because of incentives built into President Barack Obama’s health care law, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) MORE LESS
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The incoming leaders of the new Republican-controlled Congress have opted against reappointing Doug Elmendorf as head of the Congressional Budget Office, Bloomberg News reported Monday citing an “aide briefed on the decision.” The move helps clear the way for so-called “dynamic scoring” — a Holy Grail of conservative GOP budget wonks who don’t like the way the costs of tax cuts are currently calculated.

Elmendorf previously served as an economist with the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve. He was appointed to lead the CBO in 2009 after Peter Orszag, the previous director, was nominated to run the White House Office of Management and Budget. After that, in 2011, Elmendorf was confirmed for a four-year term after Republicans took over the House of Representatives.

Supporters of Elmendorf have said that the fact that he was reappointed by congressional Republicans shows that he isn’t spiking the numbers to favor establishment Republicans or the Obama administration.

Over the past few months Republicans have renewed their focus on changing the way CBO scores budgets if they were to take control of the Senate and keep control of the House of Representatives. Dynamic scoring calculates budgets through a controversial view that tax cuts both create economic growth and counter lost revenue. Currently the CBO does not use dynamic scoring.

Both Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the incoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have argued in favor of dynamic scoring.

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  1. Coming soon to a Congress near you – voodoo math!

    It’s magic!

  2. If you don’t like the way the game is scored, change the rules.

    Typical GOP thuggery.

  3. Avatar for trajan trajan says:

    This is what happens when only 37% of registered voters bother to vote. Enjoy the next 2 years everybody!

  4. If you can’t get something to come out the way you want, change the guy in charge of the numbers!

  5. Avatar for jekyll jekyll says:

    The War on Science wasn’t enough. Now its time for a War on Math.

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