Gohmert calls for replacing CBO with competitive scoring system

"We need to make a competition of it," Gohmert said on the House floor. "It's what Americans do well, when we compete as a nation. When we have people in America competing, we do better. So let's have competition for scoring bills."

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Gohmert cited the 2010 healthcare law as an example of a poorly scored bill; CBO first said it would cost $1.1 trillion, but then lowered that after being reminded that President Obama "promised it would cost less than $1 trillion."

"And they re-score it and come back with $800 billion, with a wink and a nod apparently," Gohmert said. "And then after it passes, they come back and say, oh you know what, it was actually more than $1 trillion, and now we're told, maybe $1.6 trillion. Who knows, maybe $1.8?

"Any entity whose margin of error for scoring bills in Congress is plus or minus 100 percent margin of error does not need to be allowed to do any more scoring."

Gohmert said he was discussing his idea with economist Art Laffer, and that Moody's, S&P and other entities have said they don't score bills. To that, Laffer said, "They will if you pay them," Gohmert related.

He said he envisions allowing universities to take on the task of scoring legislation, which could lead to financial rewards for accurate scores.

"And then over a few years of time, we would begin to see who's more accurate and who's not," he said. "We would be able to score the scorers."