No budget, no pay

“Hardworking taxpayers understand that they’ve got to balance their budgets, whether it’s every week or every month. They also believe that it’s time for Washington to balance its budget.

“Over the last four years House Republicans have offered plans – our budget plans – we’ve done our budgets, but it’s been nearly four years since the Senate has done a budget. Most Americans believe you don’t do your job, you shouldn’t get paid, and that’s the basis for no budget, no pay. It’s time for the Senate to act.

“Chairman Paul Ryan has worked hard with the Budget Committee to outline the kind of reforms that we would put in place to bring real fiscal responsibility here to Washington. And I think the American people understand that you can’t continue to spend money that you don’t have. It’s time for us to come to a plan that will in fact balance the budget over the next 10 years. It’s our commitment to the American people, and we hope the Senate will do their budget as they should have done over the last four years.”

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Kevin Flanagan

    Spending should be indexed to GDP.

  • WOOF

    Maybe they’ve decided on the size of the suitcases.
    Suitcases of cash should be indexed to
    volume of tar sands pumped per day,
    divided by miles of pipeline in district,
    with a kicker inversely proportionate to years till next election.

  • slackwarerobert

    More lies and smoking mirrors. They put the money in escrow, that means they will give it to them afterwards. No pay at all, for you or your staff. No congressional gym, no congressional subway, no congressional dining room, no travel money, no electricity to run the air conditioner. No MONEY at all till you scum bags start doing your job.
    Spending should be indexed to tax receipts! Any fees and the like can go to pay down the debt.