U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today voted to hold Congress accountable for passing a budget by supporting legislation that would withhold paychecks for Members of Congress until a spending plan is approved.
"I was proud to support The No Budget, No Pay Act because it is based on a very simple principle -- If Congress does not pass a budget, Congress does not get paid," said Davis. "This bill will finally hold Congress accountable and begin putting America on a debt repayment plan and save future generations from paying for mistakes of the past."
"I thank Congressman Davis for his leadership on the No Budget, No Pay legislation," said U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), the chief sponsor of the bill. "As a freshman congressman he wasted no time in becoming an original sponsor of this effort and spoke on the House floor during debate."
The legislation, H.R. 325, provides for a temporary suspension of the nation's debt limit until May 19, 2013 while requiring members of the Senate and the House to adopt a budget resolution by April 15, 2013 or face having their pay withheld.
"We cannot start the process of controlling spending in this country without a budget," said Davis. "We also cannot ask hardworking taxpayers to manage their own budgets when their elected leaders fail to do so.
"For nearly four years, the Senate has gotten away with not passing a budget, which is a terrible way to run a government. We have to stop the political gamesmanship that is occurring in Washington, DC and work together to find common sense solutions to cut spending and find savings in our budget."
The legislation was carefully crafted to honor both Article I and the Twenty-Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution because it does not vary a Members' compensation, instead it simply holds it in escrow until the time that a budget is passed or the 113th Congress comes to an end.
H.R. 325 passed with bipartisan support from the House by a vote of 285-144.
Earlier in the day, Rep. Davis spoke in favor of the legislation on the floor of the U.S. House.