Following House passage of the No Budget / No Pay legislation, Rep. Rich Nugent (FL-11) issued the following statement:
"The United States Senate has gone nearly four years without offering or passing a budget for the federal government. It's hard to overstate how irresponsible this dereliction of duty is. We're talking about a $3.5 trillion per year operation that has been consistently running a deficit so big that it causes us to borrow forty cents for every dollar spent. We've received guidance from the Trustees for Medicare that the program will exhaust its main trust fund within eleven years. We've received projections from our own in-house experts that even under the best circumstances, our annual interest payments on the debt will double and then nearly double again over this decade -- exceeding the amount we are spending on Medicare next year and by 2018, exceeding the amount we're spending on the military or Social Security. And while we're talking about the military, let's not forget that our Armed Forces are facing automatic cuts that even both of our liberal President's secretaries of defense have said will cripple our capabilities around the world.
"Despite the extreme danger that this country is facing and the resounding calls from all across the political spectrum for serious action, the United States Senate hasn't even taken the first step towards addressing the problem -- laying out a framework for how we're going to get there over the short, medium and long term. It's shameful.
"The House passed a piece of legislation today that will move back the debt ceiling several months, giving the Senate enough time to complete a budget proposal as required by law. This legislation gives teeth to our budget laws by actually creating a punishment for failing to comply with those budget laws -- if you don't do your job and pass a budget, then you don't get paid. Period. This brings Congress one small step closer to what it's like for people back in the real world -- if you don't do your job, don't expect to get paid."