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 2013-12-06 11:14:45 -0500
Already on your mailing list! :)
signed 2013-11-23 10:13:50 -0500
signed 2013-11-14 18:55:12 -0500
signed 2013-11-12 11:22:15 -0500
signed 2013-11-11 10:29:48 -0500
signed 2013-11-07 08:11:56 -0500
Those in the government represent themselves and line their own pockets. The time for term limits and accountability is at hand.
signed 2013-11-05 19:53:21 -0500
signed 2013-10-30 15:39:14 -0400
Do your job, be responsible to this and the next generations.
signed 2013-10-26 18:10:20 -0400
signed 2013-10-23 10:51:15 -0400
signed 2013-10-23 06:32:56 -0400
signed 2013-10-18 12:18:45 -0400
signed 2013-10-17 14:56:53 -0400
signed 2013-10-12 12:29:05 -0400
signed 2013-10-04 16:35:22 -0400
signed 2013-10-04 14:30:07 -0400
You just weakened a country and a nation by shutting down the government putting peoples safety at risk and is not a joke or game and if we the people don’t get to work or don’t get paid then neither do you people then
signed 2013-10-04 09:36:55 -0400
signed 2013-10-04 05:25:21 -0400
signed 2013-10-03 23:05:05 -0400
Please pass laws that ban pay until congress pass budget. this needs to be the law of the land.
signed 2013-10-03 10:27:33 -0400
signed 2013-10-02 21:42:13 -0400
signed 2013-10-02 16:27:37 -0400
Sound fair to me!!
signed 2013-10-02 07:58:12 -0400
signed 2013-10-02 05:57:59 -0400
signed 2013-10-02 00:11:59 -0400
signed 2013-10-01 17:13:30 -0400
signed 2013-10-01 14:54:37 -0400
signed 2013-10-01 09:11:11 -0400
signed 2013-09-30 17:10:56 -0400
I don’t get paid when I don’t do my job.
signed 2013-09-26 17:53:00 -0400
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