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 2013-01-23 12:00:40 -0500
signed 2013-01-23 11:49:03 -0500
My husband is currently serving his country in the Middle East. He is sacrificing time with his wife, his 3 year old daughter and even missing the birth of his son. Show some respect for those who keep you free. Pass a budget and do your job for the American people like my husband does!
signed 2013-01-23 11:47:14 -0500
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signed 2013-01-23 11:08:57 -0500
You morons should all have been fired and we should have gotten all new people in place of you. If you can’t do your job and spend our money wisely then you shouldn’t be allowed to be in the position you are in.
signed 2013-01-23 11:01:53 -0500
They should all take a pay cut, let them earn minimum wage for a year. That could put a dent in the budget.
signed 2013-01-23 10:58:00 -0500
i show and do my job the should too
signed 2013-01-23 10:52:15 -0500
signed 2013-01-23 10:48:48 -0500
signed 2013-01-23 10:48:39 -0500
Time is up. No budget can’t pay you.
signed 2013-01-23 10:44:06 -0500
signed 2013-01-23 10:43:37 -0500
signed 2013-01-23 10:42:48 -0500
If you don’t do your job you shouldn’t expect to be paid!!
signed 2013-01-23 10:37:45 -0500
signed 2013-01-23 02:11:46 -0500
signed 2013-01-22 20:59:47 -0500
If you don’t want to do your job, you shouldn’t expect a paycheck, like the rest of us
signed 2013-01-22 20:09:34 -0500
I agree, no budget, no pay.
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Charles LaFoe
signed 2013-01-22 12:27:24 -0500
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