Dean Heller is an idiot. I just received this via email.
Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) has introduced the “No Budget, No Pay Act,” a bill that requires Members of Congress to pass a budget in order to receive their salary.
“Clearly, Washington is broken. It’s been more than 800 days since Congress executed one of its most basic responsibilities, passing a budget. We wouldn’t be debating government spending today if Congress had done its job when it was supposed to. Nevadans work hard for their paychecks. For Congress to think they are held to a different standard than the rest of America is insulting to taxpayers. If Congress doesn’t do its job, then Members shouldn’t get paid,” Senator Heller said.
Heller’s bill requires Members of Congress to pass a concurrent budget resolution by the beginning of any fiscal year. Retroactive pay for any period of time covered by this provision of law would be prohibited.
Prior to introducing this as a stand-alone bill, Heller introduced this legislation in the Senate as an amendment to S. 1323.
No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.
Further, while a budget hasn’t been passed, I offer that the Congress is indeed still ”working.” They are still holding hearings and committee meetings, holding votes, meeting with constituents, etc, etc, etc. The budget isn’t the only thing Congress does. This isn’t to say that I’m satisfied with their job performance, but there is an answer to that come November 2012.
Finally, does Dean Heller really think that the millionaires in Congress are going to miss their base Congressional pay? Really?
I have a better idea for Senator Heller. How’s about he introduce a constitutional amendment requiring term limits for U.S. Representatives and Senators? And while he’s at it, introduce a bill requiring public financing of all federal elections. That might actually do some good.
Forget the grandstanding, Senator.