Today, Rep. David B. McKinley (R-WV) voted for "The No Budget, No Pay Act" (H.R. 325) that requires Congress to pass a budget by April 15th and temporarily extends the debt ceiling.
"Today's vote is a first-step in putting Washington on a responsible fiscal plan," said Rep. McKinley. "For the past four years, the Senate has failed to pass a budget while we continue to accumulate debt. This bill will break this cycle of irresponsibility."
"Congress needs to be held to the same standards as American workers: if we don't do our job and produce a budget, Members of Congress should be not paid," said McKinley. "It's that simple."
The "No Budget, No Pay Act" extends the Federal Government's borrowing authority by suspending enforcement of the debt ceiling through May 19th.
This four month time period is designed to give the House and Senate time to draft and pass a budget. If the House or the Senate fails to reach a budget agreement by April 15, 2013, Members of that Chamber will not be paid.
"Because Republicans only control one half of one body of Congress, we can only resist and not impose," said Rep. McKinley. "Today's action will force the Senate to show its priorities. By passing this bill, we are now able to deal with the bigger issue reining in out-of-control spending."