Today, our own Saxby Chambliss co-sponsored legislation which would prohibit members of Congress from receiving pay if the congressional budget and appropriations process is not completed by the start of the fiscal year on Oct. 1.
In a press release he sent out today, the Republican Senator said, “It is unacceptable that it has been more than one thousand days since Congress passed a budget. We can’t expect Americans to set household budgets if we are not doing the same for the federal government.
“It is no wonder that our national deficit is over fifteen trillion dollars. It is also unacceptable that members of Congress continue to receive paychecks for a job they aren’t doing.
“This bill is a step in the right direction towards holding Congress accountable and balancing the federal budget.”
It’s this kind of action that the people of this country are looking for from their government. People are fed up with the Democrats sitting around and not doing anything in the Senate.
That is just a political move, so that when election time rolls around in the fall and the Congress still has low approval numbers, the Dem’s can spin it and say it’s all the Republicans fault in that nothing is getting done.
This is simply not true.
During the debt ceiling crisis last summer, the Republican House passed not only one debt management measure, but three. The House also has already put out at least one budget for each year they have had control, while the Senate has yet to put one out ever since they took control in 2008.
This year is too crucial for the Dem’s to be allowed to sit in their seats up in Washington and do nothing, but if they are going to do that then this bill will make sure they and their staff, who also won’t get paid under this bill, get their just reward.
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