With Our National Debt At A Crushing & Unsustainable $16.4 Trillion, Ros-Lehtinen Votes For “No Budget, No Pay Act”

Washington, DC -- Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) joined a majority of the House in supporting legislation requiring that the House and the Senate pass a budget resolution by Income Tax Day, April 15th or lose their pay.

H.R. 325, the “No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013” goes by the simple principle that you don’t get paid unless you do your job.  While the House has passed a number of budget resolutions since 2010, unfortunately the Senate has not produced a budget in more than 1,300 days – that’s four years without a budget.  This bill is the first step in forcing the Senate to put forward a budget so we can start holding Washington accountable for its out-of-control spending.

This bill also ensures the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the U.S. Government by the Treasury until May 18, 2013.  This temporary increase in the debt limit will force the Congress to focus on dealing with the huge $6 trillion increase in the debt that has occurred over the last four years of the Obama administration.

Said Ros-Lehtinen, “Americans correctly believe that if you don’t do your job, you should not get paid.  It’s time for Congress to start living under the same rules as the rest of America.   It’s simple: no budget, no pay.  The American people understand that our crushing and unsustainable debt of $16.4 trillion must be addressed and our runaway spending must be brought under control. This bill is a first step in that long road to get our economic house in order so that our children and our grandchildren aren’t burdened by our irresponsible spending.”