Jul 28 2011
Bill Strips Members’ Pay if Congress Fails to Pass Budget
(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced the “No Budget, No Pay Act,” a bill that requires Members of Congress to pass a budget in order to receive pay.
"Clearly, Washington is broken. It’s been more than 800 days since Congress executed one of its most basic responsibilities, passing a budget. We wouldn’t be debating government spending today if Congress had done its job when it was supposed to. Nevadans work hard for their paychecks. For Congress to think they are held to a different standard than the rest of America is insulting to taxpayers. If Congress doesn’t do its job, then Members shouldn’t get paid,” Senator Heller said.
Specifically, Heller’s bill requires Members of Congress to pass a concurrent budget resolution by the beginning of any fiscal year. Retroactive pay for any period of time covered by this provision of law would be prohibited. This legislation was originally introduced in the Senate as an Amendment to S. 1323.