U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15) voted in support of H.R. 325, the No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. This bill forces the hand of the administration and Congress to address the $974 billion scheduled spending cuts from sequestration by implementing a budget. Below is a statement from Rep. Ross:
"The Senate has not passed a budget in more than three years. The government has been operating off of continuing resolutions ever since that have led to frequent partisan debates and negotiations threatening government shutdowns and withholding pay from our men and women in uniform. H.R. 325 will bring this inefficient and ineffective way of operating to an end and is part of our plan to bring us a balanced budget within ten years.
"The question shouldn't be, "Will we pay for what we spent?'
"The question we should be asking is, "What are we going to do about the rampant, runaway spending of hard-earned taxpayer dollars that has put us in the situation?'
"Our credit hasn't been downgraded just because of spending. Our country's credit rating has been downgraded because we don't have a plan for the future in terms of our spending and debt. The best way to plan for spending and paying off debt is to create and implement a budget. H.R. 325 will force Congress to pass a budget.
"If the government had a budget we would not have to debate the debt ceiling or spending cuts or funding levels. H.R. 325 moves these discussions into the appropriate order and will finally bring certainty in the form of a budget."
-The House last passed a budget March 29, 2012.
-The Senate last passed a budget April 29, 2009.