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Shimkus Votes to Require Balanced Budget


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) joined colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday in voting for the Require a PLAN Act, H.R. 444, which passed 253-167. The bill would require the President to produce a balanced budget or submit a plan that indicates the earliest year he believes balance can be achieved and the policies he would implement to get there.

"While House Republicans have passed responsible budgets in an attempt to restore economic growth, the President is expected to miss the legal deadline for his annual budget proposal for the fourth time in five years," Shimkus noted. "He continues to show he is not serious about solving our nation's spending problem. That is not acceptable.

"With the previously passed No Budget, No Pay Act, the House served notice to the Senate that without a budget, members should not get paid. It is time to make the President act on his legal responsibility for the budget, as well, so that we can reduce the mountains of debt facing our children and grandchildren."

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