Representative Reid Ribble (WI-08) voted today in favor of the No Budget No Pay Act, H.R. 325. This bipartisan legislation will suspend members of Congress' pay if either chamber does not pass a budget resolution. If a budget is not passed before the deadline of April 15, 2013, then House members and Senators will not receive paychecks until either their chamber passes a budget or the end of the 113th Congress. The bill passed 285-144
"This vote has opened the door to transformational change in Washington. For the first time, members will be held accountable for failing to pass a budget," said Ribble. "Congress has spent beyond its means for too long and it's time to start properly managing the country's finances and get the economy back on track. While this is only a first step, I will continue to work toward making No Budget No Pay a reality for all future Congresses."
Congressman Ribble was a lead cosponsor of the No Budget, No Pay legislation for the 112th Congress and is the lead House Republican on the permanent No Budget, No Pay bill for the 113th Congress. He has pushed for its adoption for over a year and will continue to press for this permanent reform. Congressman Ribble is also a founding Problem Solver with the group No Labels, an organization focused on bringing civility and responsibility back to Congress. No Labels has made No Budget No Pay one of its core initiatives to improve the effectiveness of Congress.