Congressman Ami Bera voted today for a bill to suspend the country's debt ceiling for three months. Included in the bill was a stipulation that if Congress does not approve an annual budget, members will have their salaries withheld.
Congressman Bera campaigned on No Budget No Pay and before House consideration of today's debt ceiling bill, was an original co-sponsor for a standalone No Budget, No Pay Act (H.R. 310) which was reintroduced on Friday. That bill has 56 co-sponsors from both parties.
He offered the following comment after the vote:
"The short-term debt ceiling suspension bill that I voted for today is not a perfect plan and while I'd prefer to see a clean debt ceiling vote, this bill will bring more certainty to financial markets and maintain the full faith and credit of the United States government; there is no question that we must pay the bills that we've already committed to. What's more, if members of Congress can't do their jobs and pass a responsible budget, then they don't deserve to get paid. Now it's time to work together to come up with a responsible budget that reduces our debt, while keeping our country safe, and preserving essential programs that people in California's 7th district count on."