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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I think no budget no pay is only fair. The House passed their budget, now come on Harry Reid, do your job,pass the budget through the Senate or don"t get paid.And the Sequested, let the leaders in each branch of government decide what to reduce spending, since it’s not cuts but mearly reduced spending and lets stop going from crisis to crisis,but get united and lets fix these problems, and I don’t mean spendig our way out either, but by reducing spending and especially stop giving money, aircraft and tanks away…Just say NO!…LGL
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signed 2013-02-27 23:36:47 -0500
One should not get paid if they don’t earn it.
signed 2013-02-26 22:52:06 -0500
I can’t react without signing? I don’t agree. Congress people are not supposed to decide public policy based on their own personal financial interest. If someone has a principled reason not to vote to approve whatever sausage emerges from the budget making process, they should be free to vote their conscience. I have quite a problem with the idea of the Congress person who is independently wealthy not feeling the same financial pressures around their vote as the Congress person whose salary actually means something to them and their families.
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I think I would also like to tell congress to worry about your state, not mine.
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