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Should Congress Be Denied Paychecks Until It Passes a Budget?

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the "No Budget, No Pay" bill that also extended the nation's debt ceiling for another three months.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the "No Budget, No Pay Act," which would require Congress to pass a budget to continue getting their own paychecks.

U.S. Rep. Tom Price, a Republican who represents East Cobb, said in a news release Wednesday that passage of H.R. 325 shows the urgency of the nation's financial problems.

“It has been 1,365 days since the U.S. Senate last passed a budget. If families and businesses must adhere to a budget, why shouldn’t the U.S. government? House Republicans have done our job year after year – putting forth a bold, responsible plan to correct the nation’s fiscal course. We will do so again this year with a plan that will come to balance within 10 years," said Price, who is married to Roswell City Councilwoman Betty Price. 

“By passing ‘No Budget, No Pay’ today we underscore the utter urgency with which lawmakers should approach America’s compounding fiscal problems," he said.

The measure was added to a bill that extends the debt ceiling for another three months.

Greg T January 25, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Passing a budget is a legal requirement for Congress. It only makes sense to have some sort of "punishment" for not following the laws they pass. Congress passed the law requiring an annual budget. How long can they continue to operate without a budget?

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