Ernst Co-Sponsors “No Budget, No Pay” Act

January 29, 2018 09:44 AM
Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) gives her monthly "Squeal Award" to Congress this month, for failing to pass a budget. She is co-sponsoring the “No Budget, No Pay” Act.

Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) gives a monthly "Squeal Award" to expose extravagant spending or the misuse of funds by the government. This month, the dubious award goes to Congress for failing to pass a budget. As a result, Ernst is co-sponsoring the “No Budget, No Pay Act,” which would withhold the pay of Senators and Representatives until a budget is passed.

“The responsibility of Congress, as outlined in Article 1 of our Constitution, is to handle financial and budgetary matters of the federal government - in other words, establishing a budget is constitutionally and legally part of our job,” Ernst wrote in a letter to her constituents.

“This is why I have co-sponsored the commonsense No Budget, No Pay Act,” she continues. “This bipartisan legislation would withhold the pay of Senators and Representatives until Congress is able to pass a bicameral budget and all of our appropriations bills by the end of the fiscal year.”

She says that, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Congress has averaged five continuing resolutions per year since 1999.

“Not only are we shirking our responsibility to thoughtfully appropriate funds, but these short-term spending bills hurt our military and waste millions of taxpayer dollars,” Ernst writes.

It's highly unlikely the Act will pass, but it might serve as another nudge to get Congress off-center, and it sends a message that some members of Congress are frustrated with the delays.

Ernst writes that she has repeatedly “called on Senate leadership to cancel recesses and turn on the Senate 24 hours a day, seven days a week in order to get more work done, like passing a balanced budget.”

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Spell Check

Clearwater, NE
1/29/2018 05:04 PM


Pissed off American
1/30/2018 12:16 AM

  "No budget, now pay act" until the budget is passed??? If they fight and don't pass a budget which forces the government to shutdown they shouldn't get paid at all. We the people elected these people to act in the best interest on our behalf and if they want to fight over petty stuff to make their party look better that is petty in my opinion. If these elected officials would start doing their job and actually start putting the best interests of our country in their decisions maybe our country would actually be great again. Im sick of the fighting and leveraging and bargaining that they do to get their agendas shoved through. Why can't things be black and white and straight forward where everybody knows what is going on? Also, the government is a business and it needs to be run like one. Our tax dollars are being wasted on a lot of things that aren't in the best interests of the American people. Case and point, the government shut down. I don't know if our current president is the best leader, but I do know for damb sure that he knows how business and finances work, and I gaurentee you that if everyone of our elected officials looked at it the same way our country would be way more successful and better off.


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