Sen. Heller to File Amendment Denying Congress Pay Without Budget

Wednesday, 25 Sep 2013 03:56 PM

By Dan Weil

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Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., says he will offer an amendment to the government spending bill stipulating that congressmen can’t be paid until they approve final budget resolutions and all 12 appropriations bills.

Congress has made little progress on full budgets this year. The House Friday passed a temporary spending bill that would fund the government until Dec. 15, but the bill will be amended by the Senate in any case, The New York Times reports.

Heller offered his "No Budget, No Pay" proposal as a stand-alone bill in January, The Hill reports. He first proposed the legislation in 2011.

"The only reason this nation is yet again facing the possibility of a government shutdown is because Congress failed to do its job in the first place, which is to pass a long-term budget and appropriations bills," Heller said in a statement Wednesday.

"As a result, the American people are held hostage by Washington’s out-of-control spending and forced to observe as Congress jumps from crisis to crisis."

To receive their salaries, the amendment would require congressmen to approve a budget and appropriations bills by the beginning of each fiscal year, Oct. 1.

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