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GOP Lawmaker's Plan for Forcing Budget Is Docking Staffers' Pay

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Georgia Sen. David Perdue. (AP Images)

By    |   Friday, 30 Sep 2016 02:08 PM

In a bid to revive Senate's broken budget process, Georgia Sen. David Perdue has unveiled a draft proposal that would specifically rewrite the House's budget rules with the goal of forcing lawmakers to finance the government on time, according to the Washington Examiner.

The proposal that staffers' pay would be held back if Congress fails to pass a budget, is also one of the budget process reforms outlined by Perdue.

"I believe if you get this then you have the opportunity to debate taxes, spending cuts, military spending, domestic programs and mandatory spending," Perdue said, reports the Examiner.

The freshman Republican clarified that "severe consequences" had to be introduced if Congress failed to pass a budget, and that was the reason for including the no-pay provision the draft reform.

However, docking the pay for senators was not enough.

Perdue, an accomplished businessman, is worth between $17 million and $47 million, according to disclosure records, said he took up the Senate job out of concern about the mounting national debt, which is estimated at $19.5 trillion.

The no-pay-for-staffers suggestion is among one of the provisions in the reforms overhaul that Perdue has suggested.

Within no time, the proposal was rejected by budget experts from both parties, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

"It's a terrible, terrible, terrible idea to think that you can somehow produce legislation by docking the pay of staff," said Jim Dyer, former top Republican aide on the House Appropriations Committee. "What you will do is send the staff off looking for other jobs."

Scott Lilly, a Democratic supporter from the liberal Center for American Progress said, "It is a failure of American politics and the kind of people who are populating Congress."

Perdue pointed out that since 1974, the Congress passed all 12 spending bills on time only four times. He also elaborated that one of the reasons for the rise in debt is the lack of budgeting.

The former Fortune 500 CEO said the outline of the draft was a "politically neutral platform," which did not enable either the majority or minority to have extra or special powers.

However, the plans requires programs like Social Security and Medicare, which are funded automatically, to be incorporated in the budget process. This will prove to be a major task for those liberal members of Congress who do not want to see benefits reduced.

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