(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed “No Budget, No Pay” legislation that withholds pay for Members of Congress if they don’t pass a budget.
“Today, the House of Representatives took an important step towards holding Congress accountable. On the same day that the House of Representatives passed ‘No Budget, No Pay’ legislation, the Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray committed to passing a budget. Considering the Senate has not passed a budget in 1,365 days, it’s clear that growing support for ‘No Budget, No Pay’ is making its mark. The Senate should act quickly to make the ‘No Budget, No Pay’ principle permanent - not just for this year,” said Senator Dean Heller.
Senator Heller reintroduced a similar version of the legislation in the Senate today. The Senate version requires Members of Congress to pass a budget and all twelve appropriations bills before the start of the fiscal year in order to receive pay. He first introduced “No Budget, No Pay” legislation in July 2011.