Should Congress Be Denied Paychecks Until They Pass a Budget?

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the "No Budget, No Pay" bill that also extended the nation's debt ceiling for another three months.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the "No Budget, No Pay Act," which requires Congress to pass a budget to continue getting their own paychecks.

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Dist. 7 Georgia) issued a statement today saying that passing a budget is critical as America faces its largest budget crisis in modern history.

"Every family in America knows that when times are tough, the only way to pay all of your bills is to sit around the table and make a budget, prioritizing those expenses that are the most important and reducing those expenses that are less so. 

"For the federal government to pay its bills, it too needs a budget, and since 1974, federal law has required the House and Senate to pass a budget each year ... [So] today we passed ‘No Budget, No Pay,’ which withholds Congressional pay for all members of a chamber of Congress until that chamber passes a budget

The measure was added to a bill that extends the debt ceiling for another three months.

What do you think? Should Congressmen's pay be withheld until they pass a federal budget?

Jeremy Feagan January 25, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Yes, their pay should be withheld. Not placed into an escrow account and given to them on a later date. This is nothing more than an empty gesture attempting to pander to a constituency uneducated about their own government.
Richard T. January 26, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Congress should not be paid until they pass a BALANCED BUDGET that places checks on the flagrant waste of tax dollars on Foreign Aid to people who hate us, flagrant wastes on solar and other nonproductive NON-energy sources. THe budget (non this is a truly radical concept) should be balanced and if it is not met, both the Congress AND the administration should FORFEIT ALL PAY ALLOWANCES AND EXPENSE ACCOUNTS. OK So I'm a dreamer. . .
Linda Burdine Price January 28, 2013 at 01:12 AM
A dream leads to a thought, a thought leads to an act, an act leads to a habit, a habit forms character, and character forms a destiny. Why not dream? :)
WBM April 05, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Until a budget is composed, authored in a fashion comprehend-able to american citizens holding at least a high school diploma, and agreed upon; they should be required to apply in person for section 8 vouchers for housing assistance; and apply in person for food stamps until the budget is formally approved.


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