Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today joined a group of lawmakers on Capitol Hill to pledge support for legislation that would hold Members of Congress accountable for failing to vote.
Specifically, Lance announced his support for H.R. 6085, the "No Show, No Pay Act,' which is good-government legislation introduced by Rep. Boustany (LA-07) to promote transparency. Under the measure, if a Member of Congress misses a single vote without an explanation, their name will be published online and they will have their pay docked for that day.
"I firmly believe that passage of No Show, No Pay will help hold elected officials accountable to both the Constitution and the taxpayers who put them in office," said Lance during a Capitol Hill news conference. "Voting is one of the most fundamental responsibilities of a Member of Congress and one I take very seriously. While I do understand there may be extreme circumstances that could prevent a member from being present on a few occasions, skipping votes should not be taken lightly. Failing to vote is a complete disservice to our taxpaying constituents."
For his part, Lance is also a co-sponsor of the "No Budget, No Pay Act,' which would require members of Congress to pass a budget in order to receive a salary for the work they are paid to do.