U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN) released the following statement regarding her vote in support of H.R. 325, the "No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013." Click here to watch Rep. Black's remarks on the House Floor about "No Budget, No Pay."
"As a charter member of the Fix Congress Now Caucus and early supporter of "No Budget, No Pay,' I applaud the passage of this common-sense legislation. It is long past time that Congress be held accountable for not fulfilling its legally required and most fundamental responsibility: passing an annual budget. The premise is simple: if Congress does not pass a budget, members of Congress do not get paid. While the Republican-led House has passed a responsible budget each of the last two years, the Democrat-controlled Senate has refused to pass any budget at all for nearly four years. Since then, the national debt has increased by more than $5 trillion. As every hardworking American family knows, fiscal responsibility starts with establishing a budget. Honest, responsible budgeting is absolutely necessary to restore fiscal sanity in Washington and prevent a full blown debt crisis. For the sake of our children and grandchildren, we must hold the Senate accountable and get this country back on a fiscally sustainable and prosperous path," said Congressman Black.
Congressman Diane Black serves on the House Ways and Means Committee.