No Budget No Pay


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 2013-02-02 00:38:04 -0500
signed 2013-02-01 18:20:05 -0500
signed 2013-01-31 20:51:49 -0500
signed 2013-01-31 07:44:45 -0500
I agree!
signed 2013-01-29 13:24:53 -0500
signed 2013-01-28 13:12:27 -0500
signed 2013-01-27 20:54:50 -0500
Congress should get their heads out of their butts and worry about helping the country instead of seeing how much they can line their pockets until they are voted out of office.
signed 2013-01-27 17:31:30 -0500
signed 2013-01-27 16:25:26 -0500
All Republicans seem to understand is money. Take that away and maybe they will be incentivized to work FOR the American people!
signed 2013-01-27 14:36:26 -0500
signed 2013-01-27 13:41:19 -0500
signed 2013-01-26 20:19:20 -0500
signed 2013-01-26 11:22:14 -0500
signed 2013-01-26 01:14:19 -0500
Most people are fired when they don’t do their job – for FOUR YEARS!
signed 2013-01-25 21:01:11 -0500
signed 2013-01-25 13:18:29 -0500
signed 2013-01-25 09:57:34 -0500
signed 2013-01-25 05:49:19 -0500
This bill was proposed over a year ago by Rep, Scott Riggell from Hampton Roads, Republican from VA. It was NEVER allowed out of committee because it was blocked by both parties, now all of a sudden the Republicans bring it up for a vote. Why now?? Oh yeah, they need to try and gain a foothold going forward. Some way to look better in the public eye. Should have already been up for a vote!!
signed 2013-01-24 21:23:46 -0500
signed 2013-01-24 17:11:03 -0500
signed 2013-01-24 16:18:05 -0500
Lets sign a budget that works for everyone or let congress take half of thier paycheck to live on and see how they get alone with less money.
signed 2013-01-24 15:50:59 -0500
Where else can someone work and not do the job they are hired to do and continue to get a paycheck. It’s way past time to stop paying Senators for not doing their jobs.
signed 2013-01-24 10:52:50 -0500
signed 2013-01-24 10:19:00 -0500
signed 2013-01-24 03:56:50 -0500
signed 2013-01-24 02:51:50 -0500
signed 2013-01-24 00:44:08 -0500
You work for us! Time to earn your paychecks!
signed 2013-01-24 00:40:15 -0500
signed 2013-01-24 00:33:34 -0500
signed 2013-01-24 00:27:22 -0500
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