Today, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) praised Senate passage of "No Budget, No Pay." This legislation requires Members of Congress to pass a budget in order to receive pay, a principle for which Senator Heller has advocated since first arriving in the Senate.
"Since my first several weeks as a Senator, I've fought to withhold pay from Members of Congress until they pass a budget. Interestingly, the last time we actually passed a budget, the iPad wasn't even invented. Needless to say, I'm pleased that the Senate has embraced my idea, and has now passed "No Budget, No Pay' legislation.
"Congress still has an enormous amount of work to do to rein in spending, pass a long-term budget, and create certainty for Nevada's families and businesses. While I was disappointed the Senate did not pass certain amendments that would have immediately reduced spending, "No Budget, No Pay' is an important step forward towards transforming the budgeting process. I hope that Congress takes one step further, and makes the "No Budget, No Pay' principle permanent," said Senator Dean Heller.
Senator Heller has been advocating for "No Budget, No Pay" since he first introduced legislation in July of 2011. In December 2011, Senator Heller reintroduced the legislation (S. 1981) in the Senate with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) joining as a lead cosponsor. Representative Jim Cooper (TN-5) introduced similar legislation in the House of Representatives.
Last week, Senator Heller reintroduced "No Budget, No Pay" legislation (S. 124) in the 113th Congress, alongside Democratic cosponsor Joe Manchin (D-WV). Both Senators Heller and Manchin joined Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), John Boozman (R-AR), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Mike Enzi (R-WY) at a press conference to call for passage of "No Budget, No Pay."