No Budget No Pay

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The “No Budget, No Pay Act” would require members of Congress to forgo pay for every day after October 1 that they don’t adopt a budget and pass all of its spending bills.  Once members approved a spending plan and appropriated the money, they would start receiving paychecks again but couldn’t collect any retroactive pay.  The premise is simple: don’t do your job and you don’t get paid.

Sounds logical enough. When you are in the private sector, if you don’t do your job, you don’t get paid or worse you get fired.  We should expect the same from our elected officials.

Remarkably, Congress hasn’t passed a budget since 2009. The United States faces its most serious financial crisis and Senate Democrats could not be bothered to write a budget because budgets force people to make choices.  This has to change.  

In the longer term, we need a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution so the federal government has to balance its budget like our states do.  And in the short term, we need a new law to start the process of fiscal reform today. The “No Budget, No Pay Act” is a good start.

Sign the petition below to support the “No Budget, No Pay Act.”  You can also obtain contact information for your Senator and Member of Congress.  Please call or email them and tell them to vote for the “No Budget, No Pay Act” (S. 1981 and H.R. 3643).  You can access a sample letter here that you can cut, paste, add your own personalization and then email to your Member of Congress and Senator.

Americans develop a budget within their household.  We should be able to rely on our lawmakers to do the same for our nation.  This is a core constitutional and job responsibility.  

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signed 2013-01-23 22:00:17 -0500
signed 2013-01-23 21:06:24 -0500
Thank you for the Patriot Voices
signed 2013-01-23 20:32:41 -0500
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signed 2013-01-23 18:25:28 -0500
This would be a great start.
signed 2013-01-23 17:40:36 -0500
signed 2013-01-23 17:28:40 -0500
signed 2013-01-23 17:03:32 -0500
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signed 2013-01-23 15:49:59 -0500
signed 2013-01-23 15:41:57 -0500
Congress, last I checked you are public servants, not lords over the people. You have been completely irresponsible to your duty in this area. Do not push this debt onto another generation.
signed 2013-01-23 14:21:28 -0500
signed 2013-01-23 14:00:31 -0500
NO PAY UNTIL the 16TRILL is all paid off!
followed this page 2013-01-23 13:32:04 -0500
signed 2013-01-23 13:31:25 -0500
Get a budget it place and go by, each family’s household has to have a budge. You guys need to work for free for awhile as much as ya’ll have spent!
signed 2013-01-23 13:19:51 -0500
signed 2013-01-23 13:12:32 -0500
Yes, to the Senate and all members of Congress, DO THE JOB THE PUBLIC VOTED YOU IN OFFICE FOR! NO paycheck until you complete your assignments!
signed 2013-01-23 13:12:24 -0500
Try living on what my husband and I make…
signed 2013-01-23 12:59:05 -0500
signed 2013-01-23 12:54:22 -0500
Please remember the people you work for. Any other office job and you would be fired.
signed 2013-01-23 12:42:23 -0500
Our Gov. has been doing this… why can’t they? Need to re-learn the meaning of public service.
signed 2013-01-23 12:37:06 -0500
signed 2013-01-23 12:27:39 -0500
signed 2013-01-23 12:18:02 -0500
Congress NO BUDGET NO PAY
signed 2013-01-23 12:00:40 -0500
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