Congressional Budget Office Makes a $600 Million Mistake

For those who have problems with John Cornyn personally, as opposed to the NRSC operation, I want you to take particular note of this story. He’s doing good work and we need to support him despite differences on the side.

Today the Senate voted, by voice vote, on an amendment by Senator Debbie Stabenow. Keep in mind that Senator Stabenow offered just one amendment to the healthcare legislation.

The Congressional Budget Office, rushing to keep up with the Senate’s aggressive schedule on passing health care legislation, scored the one amendment.

There was a voice vote. Senator Stabenow’s amendment passed.

Only after the amendment passed did the Congressional Budget Office realize it made a mistake in the scoring and under counted the one amendment to the tune of $600 million.

It took Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) to point it out. And now he is offering an amendment of his own to make sure this does not happen again. According to Senator Cornyn, his “amendment requires that before the Finance Committee votes on any amendment to America‘s Healthy Future Act of 2009, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Tax Committee scoring estimates of such amendment must be publicly available and posted on their respective websites for at least 24 hours before any vote.”

We need to support him and the Senate should pass his amendment. $600 million may be chump change to the Democrats, but for the rest of us, it is real money.