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House changes the way economic effect of major bills is calculated
House changes the way economic effect of major bills is calculated

House Republicans have changed the way that congressional number crunchers calculate the economic impact of major bills, a controversial step that should make it easier to cut taxes. The move, part of a package of rules enacted as lawmakers began their new session this week, would require nonpartisan staff to use complex models in evaluating the effects on the economy of legislation with significant budgetary consequences. Republicans have long wanted to make the change, which has been the subject of fierce debate among economists. Democrats contend that it masks the true costs of legislation. But the November elections also gave the GOP control of the Senate, which is expected to...

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