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 2012-09-20 17:18:04 -0400
signed 2012-09-20 17:17:59 -0400
signed 2012-09-20 17:17:58 -0400
signed 2012-09-20 17:17:56 -0400
signed 2012-09-20 17:17:55 -0400
I believe it’s time for some accountability and leadership by example.
signed 2012-09-20 17:17:53 -0400
Yes, we need accountability. Why elect slackers who take money without doing the job? Something wrong there.
signed 2012-09-20 17:17:43 -0400
It about time we made them understand if they can’t do their jobs then they don’t get a paycheck.. That is the way it works in the real world
signed 2012-09-20 17:17:42 -0400
signed 2012-09-20 17:17:35 -0400
signed 2012-09-20 17:17:24 -0400
IT’S COMMON SENSE!!!!
signed 2012-09-20 17:17:22 -0400
signed 2012-09-20 17:17:15 -0400
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signed 2012-09-20 17:17:03 -0400
Needed for a LONG TIME. Pray for a change in Administration!!!!!
signed 2012-09-20 17:17:03 -0400
signed 2012-09-20 17:16:53 -0400
signed 2012-09-20 17:16:52 -0400
It’s time to be grown ups.
signed 2012-09-20 17:16:47 -0400
NO BUDGET, NO PAY
@edross4 tweeted link to this page. 2012-09-20 17:16:47 -0400
“No Budget, No Pay Act” would require Congress to forgo pay for every day after Oct 1 w/no budget. Sign the petition. http://t.co/dOguxH35
signed 2012-09-20 17:16:43 -0400
signed 2012-09-20 17:16:42 -0400
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“No Budget, No Pay Act” would require Congress to forgo pay for every day after Oct 1 w/no budget. Sign the petition.
@WyLadyK tweeted link to this page. 2012-09-20 17:16:41 -0400
“No Budget, No Pay Act” would require Congress to forgo pay for every day after Oct 1 w/no budget. Sign the petition. http://www.patriotvoices.com/no_budget_no_pay?recruiter_id=9864
@ARedingtonKS tweeted link to this page. 2012-09-20 17:16:40 -0400
“No Budget No Pay” would require Congress to forgo pay for every day after Oct 1 w/no budget. pls sgn.http://t.co/Fh3O7b8R
signed 2012-09-20 17:16:37 -0400
signed 2012-09-20 17:16:31 -0400
signed 2012-09-20 17:16:29 -0400
of course if you don’t do your job you should not get paid
signed 2012-09-20 17:16:23 -0400
There are only a handful of politicians who actually earn the salary they have voted for themselves and NONE of them are due the benefits they have given themselves. EVERYONE in the United States should have to pay into and be dependent on Social Security. It would immediately help that program if all funds for Reps and Senators were immediately placed into the SS program.
signed 2012-09-20 17:16:14 -0400
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