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8. Can’t a future Congress override the scoring rules included in the proposed legislation?

Yes, it is next to impossible for one Congress to completely bind a future Congress. However, including the scoring rules in the legislation makes it more difficult for a future Congress to override the rules because CBO follows the rules in place when it scores legislation, not any new rules included in the legislation being scored. Therefore, CBO would likely score a significant cost to future legislation that overrides the scoring rules.

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