Greg Walden: If Congress doesn't do its work, it shouldn't be paid


By:  Greg Walden
Date: March 18, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) today issued the following statement upon House passage of the "No Budget, No Pay" plan:

"In our part of Oregon, families sit down around the kitchen table and figure out how to balance their budget. It's time for Washington, D.C. to do the same. If hardworking taxpayers don't do their jobs, they don't get paid. Congress needs to live by the same rules--no budget, no pay.

"While the House has passed a budget each of the last two years, the Senate has failed to do so in nearly four. The last time the Senate passed a budget--in 2009--the iPad hadn't even been invented yet! The federal government must write a responsible budget to get our fiscal house in order. Only then will we be able to create a good strong American economy where people can get a job that pays the bills."

The "No Budget, No Pay" plan withholds pay from members of the House and Senate if their chamber does not pass a budget by April 15. The measure also temporarily suspends the debt ceiling for three months to set up a broader debate about responsible spending.

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