It has been nearly four years since Senate Democrats have passed a budget - the most basic responsibility of governing -- and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) and the House of Representatives have approved a bill requiring Senators to pass a budget or have their pay withheld.
"Hard-working families and small businesses in Missouri's Fourth District have budgets," said Hartzler. "It is unacceptable for the United States Senate to fail to pass a budget for almost four years. The American people deserve better."
"For each of the last two years, the House has passed a responsible budget that promotes economic growth and addresses Washington's out-of-control spending," continued Hartzler. "A bill approved by the House today will require both the House and the Senate to confront the government's spending problem by passing a budget. Member pay will be withheld if a budget is not passed."
"The Senate must be held accountable for its failure on the budget," added Hartzler. "The Senate has a responsibility to the American people to stop playing political games and to do its job -- by passing a budget. I look forward to seeing the Senate's plan on spending so we can have the important discussion of controlling spending and getting our economy growing again."
Under the legislation approved by the House, the debt ceiling would be raised for three months to set up a broader debate about spending that forces the Senate to confront Washington's spending situation.
Congresswoman Hartzler serves on the House Budget Committee as well as on the House Armed Services and Agriculture Committees.