Today, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) issued the following statement after the Senate Majority party released a budget for the first time in four years. The nation's federal debt has increased by $6 trillion since the last time Congress passed a budget, peaking at nearly $17 trillion.
"Given the fact that our national debt is approaching $17 trillion, I am pleased that Senator Murray and the Senate Budget Committee are finally doing their jobs by releasing a budget plan and moving forward with the budget process. While this budget requires a hard look, I am pleased that "No Budget, No Pay' has sparked progress and that the budget discussion is moving forward for the first time in four years. Congress should pass legislation that makes the "No Budget, No Pay' principle a permanent fixture in the budget process."
Frustrated with Congress's consistent failure to pass a budget, Senator Heller introduced the No Budget, No Pay Act in July 2011. His bill requires Congress to pass a concurrent budget resolution and appropriations bills on time each fiscal year in order to get paid. Congress passed a version of "No Budget, No Pay" earlier this year that withholds pay from Members of Congress if they don't pass a budget this year.