U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga) released a statement on Wednesday praising the passage of “No Budget No Pay” in the House of Representatives, a legislation that suspends a debt limit until May 18 in exchange for passage of a FY 2014 budget in the U.S. Senate.
H.R. 325 passed on Wednesday 285 to 144. 33 Republicans voted against it along with 111 Democrats.
The bill requires the Senate to pass a budget resolution by April 15, and if the upper chamber fails to do so, the members will have their pay withheld until an agreement is reached.
“It has been 1,365 days since the U.S. Senate last passed a budget,” said Price in a statement. “If families and businesses must adhere to a budget, why shouldn’t the U.S. government? House Republicans have done our job year after year – putting forth a bold, responsible plan to correct the nation’s fiscal course. We will do so again this year with a plan that will come to balance within 10 years.
“By passing ‘No Budget, No Pay’ today we underscore the utter urgency with which lawmakers should approach America’s compounding fiscal problems. We are also introducing a common sense measure of accountability: the Senate Democrat majority must fulfill its most basic responsibility, as required by law, and pass a budget, or their pay will be withheld until they do their jobs.”
Aside from dealing with the present debt ceiling debacle, the H.R. 325 calls for both chambers of Congress to pass a budget every year by October 1 – or the lawmakers’ pay will be withheld. However, at the end of each Congress, the pay would be released even if no budget was passed.
Price represents Georgia’s 6th congressional district.
Click here to read Rep. Price’s full statement on H.R. 325.