Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement today after helping the House pass the bipartisan No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013, which prevents the federal government from defaulting on its debt through May 19 and prohibits pay for Members of Congress until they pass a budget.
"I voted for the No Budget, No Pay Act to remove the immediate threat of default and ensure that America will continue to meet its obligations. However, this bill is only a temporary fix and a far cry from responsible governing," said Kuster. "The American people did not send us here to pass last-minute, stopgap measures that create uncertainty in our economy. They sent us here to come together to reduce the deficit in a balanced, responsible way that will help create jobs and grow the economy, put our nation on a sustainable fiscal path, and protect seniors and middle class families. While it's far from perfect, this bill gives Congress time to focus on coming together to pass a budget that cuts the deficit."
In addition to preventing a default on the nation's debt, the No Budget, No Pay Act also withholds pay from Members of Congress if they fail to pass a budget by April 15.
"When Congress fails to pass a responsible budget, I believe that members of both parties should be held accountable," Kuster added. "New Hampshire families and businesses have to live within a budget and make hard choices to balance their checkbooks. Members of Congress need to do the same. If they don't, they shouldn't get paid -- period."