The U.S. House of Representations on Wednesday passed the No Budget, No Pay bill with the help of two Daytona Beach area Republicans. District 6 Congressman Ron DeSantis and District 7 Congressman John Mica supported the bill, while District 5 Congresswoman Corrine Brown, a Democrat, opposed the bill.
In a copy of the bill obtained from the GovTrack.us website, one of the main provisions is: “If by April 15, 2013, a House of Congress has not agreed to a concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2014 pursuant to section 301 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, during the period described in paragraph (2) the payroll administrator of that House of Congress shall deposit in an escrow account all payments otherwise required to be made during such period for the compensation of Members of Congress who serve in that House of Congress, and shall release such payments to such Members only upon the expiration of such period.”
In a press release on his website regarding the bill, Representative DeSantis said, “I campaigned in favor of No Budget, No Pay and today I voted in favor of H.R. 325, which requires both Chambers to pass a budget by the April 15th deadline or else Members’ salaries will be withheld. I support No Budget, No Pay because I do not believe that Representatives and Senators should get paid if they fail to do their jobs…I also stated during the campaign that I would oppose all suspensions of the debt limit unless accompanied by substantive reforms.”
In a statement on Representative Brown’s website about Budget issues in general, she stated, “…we must not balance the budget on the backs of children, the poor, the middle class, and seniors. My priorities include protecting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other safety net programs from any cuts. These programs do not drive our debt and actually lift the economy as beneficiaries spend the money on basic needs.”
The House passed the bill on Wednesday, by a vote of 285-144, and the bill will now go on to the Senate.
According to GovTrack.us, 199 Republicans and 86 Democrats voted in favor of the bill, 33 Republicans and 111 Democrats voted against the bill, and 3 Democrats did not vote on the bill.
Among the 27 members of Congress from Florida, 18 voted for the bill while 9 voted against it. Of the 18 members supporting the bill from Florida, 15 were Republicans and 3 were Democrats. Of the 9 Florida Representatives opposing the bill, 2 were Republicans and 7 were Democrats.
Click here to visit the website of Representative Ron DeSantis.
Click here to visit the website of Representative John Mica.
Click here to visit the website of Representative Corrine Brown.
Click here to visit the GovTrack.us website.
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