Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today voted in favor of H.R. 325, "No Budget, No Pay Act" which would direct members of the U.S. House and Senate to adopt a budget resolution by April 15, 2013 as required by law. In addition, the measure allows the U.S. Treasury to issue debt until May 18, 2013 to ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the U.S. Government.
"It has been 1,365 days since the United States Senate passed a federal budget as required by law. This, in my opinion, is inexcusable," Lance said in support of the measure. "The Senate's failure to enact a federal budget has led to record debt and spending, trillion dollar annual deficits and the worst job climate since the Great Depression. Today's passage of 'No Budget, No Pay' will hopefully compel leaders in the Senate to put forth a spending blueprint necessary to begin the process of getting our Nation's fiscal house in order."
The No Budget, No Pay measure says if Congress does not approve a budget and spending bills by October 1st of each year, the paycheck for every single member of the Senate and House will be withheld until a budget is approved.
"Make no mistake -- passing a federal budget is not a choice; it's the law," Lance said. "The 1974 Congressional Budget Act requires both chambers to adopt a budget resolution each year by April 15. The House has done its part, passing budget resolutions each of the past two years. Unfortunately, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and others in his chamber continue to ignore one of the fundamental responsibilities of Congress."
For his part, Lance has long advocated that the United States Senate pass a budget so that U.S. Congress can adopt a responsible, bicameral budget to address federal debt, deficits, spending and entitlement reforms.
"I believe Congress should lead by example, do its budgetary work and do it on time. Americans work hard for their paychecks and they expect Congress to do the same. And that's why I strongly support the No Budget, No Pay legislation," Lance concluded.