U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, today voted in support of "No Budget, No Pay" legislation that requires the Senate to pass a budget - or members of Congress won't be paid. The bill, which passed the Senate with bipartisan support by a vote of 64 to 34, temporarily suspends the debt limit until May 19.
During today's debate, Senator Ayotte voted in support of an amendment - the "Dollar-for-Dollar Deficit Reduction Act" - that would have paired an increase in the debt ceiling with equal reductions in spending. The amendment was tabled by a vote of 54-44.
"This legislation provides a window to meaningfully address our looming fiscal crisis, and we need to write a plan now that cuts spending to reduce our nation's crippling debt," said Senator Ayotte. "Members of both parties must seize this opportunity to make tough decisions that will put us on a sustainable fiscal path. I've long supported "No Budget, No Pay,' which will force Democrats to finally pass a budget."
Senator Ayotte is an original cosponsor of the stand-alone "No Budget, No Pay" bill that would dock pay for Members of Congress for failure to pass a budget resolution and regular appropriations bills before the start of the federal fiscal year. Senator Ayotte also recently introduced the Congressional Pay Freeze Act, which would prohibit a salary increase for Members of Congress in any year in which there is a federal budget deficit.