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#NoBudgetNoPay

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick • January 23, 2013

Hardworking American families and small businesses have a budget, yet Senate Democrats have failed to pass a budget – the most basic responsibility of governing – for almost four years. That shameful record must end, this year. That’s why the House passed No Budget, No Pay.

House Republicans have passed a responsible budget in each of the last two years that promotes economic growth and addresses our debt crisis, and it will do so again this year. With the right reforms put in place, the goal is to advance a budget that balances within a decade. This legislation obligates the Senate to finally join the House in confronting the government’s spending problem which will help create more jobs for America’s hardworking families.

The bill will require the House and Senate each to pass a budget, and Member pay will be withheld if they fail. The principle is simple: no budget, no pay.

A long-term increase in the debt limit that is not preceded by meaningful and responsible reductions in government spending might avert a default, but it would also invite a downgrade of our nation’s credit that damages our economy, hurts families and small businesses, and destroys jobs.

Republicans will hold the President and his Senate accountable for their failures on the budget, beginning now. It’s time for the Democratic-controlled Senate to do its job, and pass a budget.

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