It looks like the No Budget – No Pay Bill will be actually be moving forward to get a hearing in the Senate on March 7. Considering less than 15% of all bills before the 112th Congress have been given a hearing this is nothing short of remarkable.
For those of you unfamiliar with the bill it basically states that unless Congress passes a budget they don’t get paid. Seems easy enough but when you figure that a budget hasn’t been passed for three years by Congress then it becomes more significant. The only thing they have been passing is stopgap measures to keep the government open and to raise the debt ceiling. Many of those votes come with some contentious debate attached which slows the process down even more. So this bill will basically hold them accountable for passing an actual budget and, if they don’t, they don’t get paid. Seems fair, right? Now let’s see if they will actually vote for it.
For more information check out this link from NoLabels, the group behind the bill – http://nolabels.org/blog/no-budget-no-pay-takes-next-step