Meadows, House Republicans Pass No Budget, No Pay Legislation

Statement

By:  Mark Meadows
Date: Jan. 23, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

Representative Mark Meadows (NC-11) released the following statement today after supporting H.R. 325, The No Budget, No Pay Act. This bill requires the House and Senate to each pass a budget within 90 days. If legislators fail, their pay will be withheld.

"As a small business owner, the concept of running a business without a budget is a recipe for failure. Operating without a budget for nearly four years, our federal government has continued to run up our nation's credit cards on the backs of hardworking taxpayers. It is not surprising that at nearly $16.5 trillion, America's debt has grown twice as fast under President Obama as it did under President Bush.

""In 2006, then-Senator Obama said that, "the fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.' I agree with that statement, and that is why I supported the No Budget, No Pay Act today. Washington must be made accountable to hardworking taxpayers, and that starts with a budget. If Senate Democrats cannot do their jobs and pass a budget, then they do not deserve to get paid. House Republicans have continued to show leadership by putting forth a responsible budget plan, and it is time for our colleagues in the Senate to do the same."