Congressman John Kline issued the following statement today after the House passed bipartisan legislation which directs members of the House and Senate to adopt a budget by April 15, 2013. If either body does not, members of that body will have their pay withheld until they pass a budget:
"Every once in a while even Washington can put things in the simplest of terms: No budget, no pay. The Minnesotans I represent are like most Americans -- they expect Washington to pass a budget and live by it. Every year, families and small businesses adhere to a budget, but for nearly four years the Senate has refused to operate by the same standards. Hardworking taxpayers deserve better.
"The best way to get our country back on track while solving our debt crisis is to achieve economic growth by cutting wasteful government spending and balancing the federal budget. This legislation is just the first step toward a long-term plan that balances the budget over the next 10 years, and addresses the fiscal crisis that threatens the economic future and security of our children and grandchildren. I urge the Senate to do their job, pass this bill, and enact a budget for the first time in four years."