(Washington, DC) – Today U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) addressed Democrats, Republicans, Independents, lawmakers and journalists and urged them to work together to find ways to make Congress work. The video address was offered at the No Labels “Meeting to Make America Work,” which was held in New York City this morning.
In the video, Senator Heller explained that he was unable to attend this morning’s event because his son-in-law, Democrat Ed Ableser, was being sworn into the Arizona State Senate. He focused the brief message on how his legislation, “No Budget, No Pay,” exemplifies the No Labels attitude of working together.
No Labels has been a powerful partner in advocating for Senator Heller’s legislation, “No Budget No Pay.” This legislation withholds pay from Members of Congress if they don’t pass a budget every year. Considering it has been more than 1,350 days since Congress has passed a budget, drastic changes are clearly needed in the budget process.
Senator Heller initially introduced “No Budget, No Pay,” during his first term in July 2011. Since then, the legislation has garnered numerous cosponsors, including Democrats and Republicans, and was considered during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
During the No Labels meeting, a number of lawmakers praised the common-sense approach of “No Budget, No Pay.” Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Senator Angus King (I-ME), and Governor Jon Huntsman (R-UT) were just a few of the lawmakers present at the event. President Bill Clinton, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) also offered video messages.