Mr. LAMALFA. For almost 4 years, the Democrat-controlled Senate has failed to pass a budget--the most basic responsibility of governing. This shameful record must end this year. We must set up a broader debate about spending that forces the Senate to finally join the House in confronting the government's spending problem. The House and Senate must each pass a budget. If they fail, Member pay should be withheld. The principle is as simple as the bill: no budget, no pay.
I'm a California legislator, having served in our State legislature for 8 years. The people of California finally got tired of late, ineffective budgets and passed legislation on their own via the initiative process to force the State legislature to get the job done. The first time that happened, right after that election, the budget got done on time. Amazing.
Therefore, I hope the American people will join the effort the U.S. House Republicans are taking up and force the United States Senate to get the job done to get a budget, as is their responsibility.