Skip to comments.GOP's No Budget, No Pay Bill to Go Before Congress
Posted on 01/19/2013 7:41:27 PM PST by SeekAndFind
House Republicans will vote next week to raise the nations $16.4 trillion debt ceiling for three months and stop pay for members of Congress in until the Senate passes a budget something it has not done in nearly four years.
Speaker John Boehner said that the "principle is simple: no budget, no pay," during his closing remarks at the House Republican members retreat Friday in Williamsburg, Va.
Details of how the no-pay proposal would work in practice are unclear, in light of existing budget law and constitutional restrictions on changing congressional salaries in the middle of a term.
We are going to pursue strategies that will obligate the Senate to finally join the House in confronting the governments spending problem," Boehner continued.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said that next week Congress will authorize the temporary debt limit to give the Senate and the House time to pass a budget.
"The first step to fixing this problem is to pass a budget that reduces spending," the Virginia Republican said. "The House has done so, and will again. The Democratic Senate has not passed a budget in almost four years, which is unfair to hardworking taxpayers who expect more from their representatives. That ends this year."
House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California added: "Tackling our nation's debt requires an actual deficit reduction plan from Republicans and Democrats so the American people can evaluate the tough, but necessary choices before them."
The move pares back the GOPs strategy in the upcoming debt-ceiling talks with President Barack Obama by bypassing the opportunity to extract pledges for deep spending cuts out of Obama for the time-being.
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The ‘no pay’ part is a throwaway: it would be illegal to reduce congressional pay without an intervening election.
It’s just for show.
In fact I wish they wouldn’t include the matter even though it has political advantages.
Getting a budget from the Senate is the big thing.
Maybe they should change it to: No pay for staff and office expenses.
I think Boehner would be more effective if he would just call a recess until the senate presents a budget. (while reminding the public every day of how long its been since the democrats produced a budget)
You extremist, you!
Next you’ll be advocating closing the congressional gyms or cafeterias!
“But low info voters like yourself like exciting headlines.”
Dittos that. It seems the most uninformed are comfortable
with, “We cant have it both ways - there is always going to be winners and losers.... in all circumstances.” BS.
Spineless support spinelessness it seems.
Looking forward to the assault boob ban.
I’ve long since learned that most people both conservative and liberal don’t have a clue what their congressman is up to unless it gets a headline. I see letters in the local paper every week complaining that our congressman isn’t doing anything because he’s never in the national news or making a fire and brimstone speech somewhere. I know what my congressman is up to because I make the effort to know instead of taking the easy way. I follow him on twitter, I subscribe to his weekly updates, I keep in contact with his local office...
The fact is that some of the best congressmen in Washington are the guys we never hear about and some of the worst are those we see all the time. (with exceptions both ways) Thaddeus McCotter was one of the best speakers in DC but his record didn’t really match his rhetoric. I agree with my congressman better than 90% of the time and he has a long standing record as a cost cutter.
I definitely think you’re right on this one!
Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
Guilty as charged.
oh joy another ding dong sitting in around in his basement calling people names on forums.