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 2013-01-21 23:28:39 -0500
Sounds fair, you don’t do your job. You do not get paid.
signed 2013-01-21 23:03:58 -0500
signed 2013-01-21 22:54:18 -0500
I concur. No budget, no pay!
signed 2013-01-21 21:25:52 -0500
signed via 2013-01-21 21:07:15 -0500
Government should be held to the same work ethic as every other working man/woman
signed 2013-01-21 18:58:31 -0500
signed 2013-01-21 16:59:02 -0500
I support nearly everything the Republican Party stands for.
signed 2013-01-21 16:47:05 -0500
signed 2013-01-21 15:12:31 -0500
signed 2013-01-21 15:02:01 -0500
signed 2013-01-21 14:49:39 -0500
THE LAW states we are to have a budget! Quit grinding the law under foot!
signed 2013-01-21 13:17:23 -0500
signed 2013-01-21 12:59:44 -0500
signed 2013-01-21 12:57:10 -0500
signed 2013-01-21 12:49:31 -0500
signed 2013-01-21 12:45:15 -0500
These people were"hired" to do a job and by not passing a budget they have not done their job. Regular people would get fired,so I agree 100% with no budget,no pay even though I would rather fire them and get new ones.
signed 2013-01-21 12:34:09 -0500
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signed 2013-01-21 10:37:07 -0500
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signed 2013-01-21 09:37:05 -0500
I thank you sir for starting this group. I am frustrated beyond words at the blatant attempts by a man who is a Democrat by title but a Marxist by philosophy and practice. Mr. Obama is doing to this nation what almost 50 years of spying by the KGB didn’t accomplish. If he continues in this unchecked way he will destroy this nation before we can do very much to stop his rampage.
signed 2013-01-21 09:05:06 -0500
signed 2013-01-21 08:44:40 -0500
signed 2013-01-21 08:41:53 -0500
A message to congress: Either work FOR US or be voted OUT.
signed 2013-01-21 07:46:15 -0500
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