U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) released the following statement on his vote for the No Budget, No Pay Act (H.R. 325), which passed the House with bipartisan support by a vote of 285-144:
"It is beyond comprehension that the Senate has not only failed to pass a budget in four years, they haven't even produced a workable rough draft. You can't run a business or manage a household without a budget, and you sure can't run a government without one. The No Budget, No Pay Act puts an end to the Senate's dereliction of duty, and will hold all lawmakers in both Chambers of Congress responsible for meeting their most basic legislative priority. If neither chamber can pass a budget, then none of its members will get paid. It's as simple as that.
"While it's a sad commentary on the state of spending in Washington that we have to threaten to withhold members' pay if they don't do their job and put forward a responsible federal budget, doing nothing is not an option. Today's vote is at least a good first start, and I look forward to finally seeing a budget come out of the Senate this April so we can begin to work toward reducing our trillion dollar deficits and pay down our more than $16 trillion debt."