Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., today voted in favor of the "No Budget, No Pay" legislation, which states that before the President is granted any long-term debt limit increase, Congress should pass a budget that cuts spending. If it doesn't, Members of Congress' salaries will be withheld.
"Washington's "Let's just go with the flow' kind of attitude when it comes to budgeting is irresponsible and unsustainable. Americans don't have the luxury of simply requesting that their credit limit be raised when finances get tighter. Instead, they look for ways to cut back and save money," stated Capito. "No person in America gets paid for not doing their job, and Members of Congress shouldn't either. The American people put their faith in us when they elected each Member last November, and it's up to us to hold ourselves accountable to get our country out of this spending-driven debt crisis."
The last time the Senate passed a budget was April 29, 2009. Since 2009, Fitch Ratings has downgraded our country's credit worthiness and our national debt has surpassed $16 trillion.
The House has passed two budgets, the last of which cut spending by more than $4 trillion. In contrast, the President's budget received zero votes in the Senate.