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 2013-01-20 19:53:13 -0500
signed 2013-01-20 19:51:47 -0500
signed 2013-01-20 19:47:26 -0500
signed 2013-01-20 19:38:36 -0500
signed 2013-01-20 19:29:58 -0500
I thought passing a budgetwas an important part of your job.Anywhere else if you don’t do your job you lose it ,.The least you can do is give up your pay.
signed 2013-01-20 19:26:23 -0500
signed 2013-01-20 19:26:18 -0500
signed 2013-01-20 19:23:26 -0500
Our elected officials should not get paid unless and until they pass a budget, a BALANCED budget. We have to live within our means as working families and the government should do the same for us as a country.
signed 2013-01-20 19:17:48 -0500
signed 2013-01-20 19:14:27 -0500
signed 2013-01-20 16:07:22 -0500
It looks like what is good for us (less money, forced healthcare etc) it should be good enough for the ones who enact them
signed 2013-01-19 12:12:22 -0500
signed 2013-01-19 10:58:45 -0500
signed 2013-01-19 10:04:24 -0500
signed 2013-01-18 14:22:57 -0500
signed 2013-01-18 13:17:19 -0500
no matter what party this come from republicans are just as guilty as anybody else. we AMERICANS must stand up and fight with everything we have, for what our founding father have built for us. we can not let this government bring down everything we have built and stood for. we have to come back swinging. we can not divide anymore! we must come together dispite our differences. Rebuild OUR COUNTRY!!
signed via 2013-01-18 13:13:46 -0500
Every Business & Household has to live within a budget, now its your turn FEDS.
signed 2013-01-17 08:27:34 -0500
signed 2013-01-16 16:44:59 -0500
signed 2013-01-16 13:41:36 -0500
signed 2013-01-16 13:03:05 -0500
The Congress MUST PASS a Balanced Budget signed by the President, and Congress Must revoke obamacare! Most the Republicans need to get a back bone, and stand up to the Democrats! We the People are a more Conservative group, and need to be paid attention to, and not dismissed!
signed 2013-01-16 12:46:17 -0500
signed 2013-01-15 14:01:28 -0500
signed 2013-01-14 23:23:37 -0500
signed 2013-01-14 13:17:36 -0500
signed 2013-01-14 01:14:20 -0500
I believe cutting the Military is a very bad decision. I hope “our politicians” stand up for what we, the people, want for our country instead of what the “President” wants for our country. He kept asking Mitt Romney to tell us Romney’s plan but he didn’t ever really say what “his” plan was during the presidentail debates.

Congress needs to appeal the Obamacare that was shoved down our throats. So much needs to be done!
signed 2013-01-13 21:15:32 -0500
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