Rep. Joe Barton (R-Ennis/Arlington) issued the following statement after the House voted to approve H.R. 325, the No Budget, No Pay Act:
"I view this bill as a good first step, not the end of the road. This legislation will lead to substantive debates on spending cuts and budget reforms over the next four months - that is why I supported it. We have had four years in a row of trillion dollar deficits. This just can't continue. The failure to get spending under control is doing direct harm to our economy.
"For too long many of my colleagues have avoided intense debate and hard decisions about spending cuts. I believe that this bill will focus them on the fact that we need to act now for the sake of our kids and grandkids."