Congressman Ander Crenshaw today (1/23) voted to make Washington more accountable to taxpayers by supporting "The No Budget, No Pay Act" (H.R. 325). The bill to temporarily suspend the debt limit through May 18 and withhold Member pay beginning April 15 if the House and Senate do not pass a budget passed by a vote of 285 to144 and moves to the United States Senate for consideration.
Crenshaw, Chairman of House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, stated:
"The most basic requirement of Congress is to pass a budget. The House has produced a budget for the past two years and will do so again this year, yet the Democrat-controlled Senate has failed to do so for almost four years. That's enough time to make 179 round-trips to the moon, build three Pentagons, and send a climbing team to the top of Mount Everest 292 times. It's an embarrassing record that must end now.
"To create more accountability with the American taxpayer, I voted to pass the "No Budget, No Pay' legislation. Families and small businesses know a budget plan plays a central role in creating and meeting financial targets. Why should Congress be any different? We shouldn't, and we don't deserve a paycheck if we can't do our jobs. It's that simple.
"This bill temporarily suspends the debt ceiling until May 18, allowing for a broad discussion on responsible spending and for the House and Senate to pass a budget by April 15. We won't get our paychecks if we don't do our work.
"Before any consideration of a long-term debt limit increase, a budget should be passed that controls reckless Washington spending. "The No Budget, No Pay' bill prioritizes the work at hand, establishing accountability and greater opportunity for success."