Sinema Takes Bipartisan Stand on Holding Congress Accountable for Budget Deal

Statement

By:  Kyrsten Sinema
Date: Jan. 23, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema voted to pass the No Budget, No Pay Act which holds Congress accountable for adopting a budget deal no later than April 15. Sinema has consistently called on Congress to be accountable to the public and complete the very basic tasks they were elected to do. Today's bipartisan action sets a firm expectation for Congress to pass a budget and for both parties to find the critical middle ground on our long-term deficits. An important stipulation of the bill requires that salaries be withheld for members of either chamber that stalls on the adoption of a budget. The vote passed on a 285-to-144 vote.

"Today's vote is a hopeful step in the right direction," said Sinema. "Our middle class families cannot to wait for a Congress that will stall the progress of our economy over ideological disagreements. I look forward to solving our budget crisis with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle. And I'm proud to work with anyone who will sit together to address our immediate needs as well as our long-term strategy in dealing with our national debt."