Today, U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) returned to Washington to call on Congress to pass a budget before adjourning for the year, announcing his cosponsorship of the "No Budget, No Vacation Act." As part of the deal that reopened the government after the October shutdown, a budget conference committee was appointed with the responsibility of establishing a budget by the 13th of December to prevent another shutdown from taking place in January when the current funding extension runs out. Three days from that deadline, Speaker Boehner has made clear his intention to adjourn Congress for the remainder of the year this Friday without a budget proposal announced or scheduled for a vote.
"The American people are tired of this do-nothing Congress' inability to work together to pass a budget, cut spending, and focus on jobs. That is why I voted earlier this year to withhold Member pay if a budget was not passed on time and why I am supporting this bill to keep Congress in session until its job of passing a budget is completed," said Rep. Murphy. "Our economy cannot afford another shutdown, but that is exactly where we are heading if Congress leaves town without meeting this important budget deadline. I'm calling on leadership today to bring up a responsible, bipartisan budget proposal with smart spending cuts this week to give the American people the assurance over the holiday season that they will not be hurt by another disgraceful shutdown at the first of the year. If a budget is not passed by Friday, I'm demanding that Congress be kept in session until it has finished its work on a much-needed budget compromise."