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 2013-02-25 17:43:30 -0500
Great to be associated with like-minded folks!
signed 2013-02-25 12:00:52 -0500
end ALL benefits to Senate and House and well as other branches of gov in Washington, D.C.
signed 2013-02-25 10:08:02 -0500
signed 2013-02-24 11:39:22 -0500
signed 2013-02-24 02:54:22 -0500
signed 2013-02-24 02:54:04 -0500
signed 2013-02-23 15:51:14 -0500
signed 2013-02-23 09:18:58 -0500
This is part of Congresses job! You don’t do your job no pay!
signed via 2013-02-22 23:16:44 -0500
signed 2013-02-22 13:52:16 -0500
signed 2013-02-22 13:35:04 -0500
I want Congress to get the job done that they were hired to do. However, I don’t want the Republicans to think THEY have to do ALL the giving!!!
signed 2013-02-22 13:02:33 -0500
signed 2013-02-22 12:13:18 -0500
signed 2013-02-22 12:11:14 -0500
signed 2013-02-22 11:38:07 -0500
signed 2013-02-22 10:23:41 -0500
No budget, no pay. Congress has no incentive to do any better.
signed 2013-02-21 14:30:49 -0500
signed via 2013-02-21 14:27:43 -0500
signed 2013-02-20 03:58:44 -0500
signed 2013-02-19 16:53:36 -0500
they should also forfeit their retirement.why pay their retirement,most of congress is millionares.we cant afford our retirement and theirs.
signed 2013-02-18 11:01:45 -0500
Elections have consequenses ….we need to restore “constitution based” education
signed 2013-02-17 00:33:32 -0500
signed 2013-02-16 19:29:51 -0500
signed 2013-02-16 18:56:31 -0500
There are certain elected and appointed members in our govenment who conduct themselves more anti-american than american. It is long over due they understand…We The People…is not a joke.
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