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No Budget, No Pay


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There is a saying that there is no such thing as a free lunch. If you want to get paid, you have to do your job. A lot of people ask me, why does Congress get paid if they don't do their job and pass a budget? It's a good question.

Last week the House passed a bill that will require both chambers to pass a budget by April 15th. If they don't, they won't get paid.

We cannot have a meaningful discussion about slowing spending until both sides present a budget. As I noted last week, the Senate hasn't done that in over 3 years. It's time for them to roll up their sleeves and work with us to stop overspending.

Passing a budget is one of the most basic responsibilities of any government. The first step in controlling spending is to pass a budget that reduces expenses. The House will present a budget that reduces spending and balances our budget in the next 10 years.

For too long, our country has continued to spend more than we take in. This has resulted in a $16,000,000,000,000 national debt. There are 12 zeros in a trillion. Writing it out helps me understand how much money we are really talking about.

This is the first step, not the last in the fight to reduce our government's spending.We cannot simply continue kicking the can down the road. It's simple: no budget, no pay. There is no such thing as a free lunch.

Sam Graves

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