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No Budget, No Pay

NO BUDGET, NO PAY: House Leadership has taken a page out of the No Labels Make Congress Work! book -- and embraced our signature proposal, No Budget, No Pay. “No Budget, No Pay is a common-sense idea that should gain the support of Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate -- because it’s not one party or the other that needs a budget, it’s America that needs a budget,” said No Labels Co-Founder Bill Galston. On the heels of the Meeting to Make America Work!, it’s clear that Washington is listening.

TIMELINE: How did No Budget, No Pay get started? Check out this timeline -- we introduced the bill with Sen. Dean Heller and Rep. Jim Cooper in December of 2011.

LEADERSHIP CRISIS: It’s not a debt crisis or an energy crisis -- our country is facing a leadership crisis, writes Steven Pearlstein for The Washington Post. “What we are witnessing is the very opposite of leadership, which is the ability to solve seemingly intractable problems by getting above them and redefining them,” he writes: Steven Pearlstein for The Washington Post: It’s a leadership crisis, stupid

FISCAL REPORT: The Government Accountability Office released its financial report of the United States Government on Thursday -- but will anyone read it? The complete report is nearly 250 pages, and it’s too important to ignore. That’s why we’re calling for a televised, in person fiscal report once a year to a joint session of Congress and the president. Click here to read the report.

PROBLEM SOLVERS: “With America divided politically, neither party has the power to get all it wants. Because Americans are by nature practical and goal-oriented, citizens prefer action to ideological stalemate. Politicians need to adopt this point of view, begin political power sharing, and become Problem Solvers,” writes No Labels supporter Ed Conant. No Labels is convening the right people to build trust across the aisle: Ed Conant for MLive.com: Column: Members of Congress need to show dedication to becoming 'Problem Solvers'

THE DAILY BREAK: The Inauguration is on Monday -- make sure you know POLITICO’s top five facts on the event: Alexander Trowbridge for POLITICO: Top 5: Inauguration Fun Facts

ACTION OF THE DAY: Sign the petition to show your support for No Budget, No Pay!

STAT OF THE DAY: In the last Congress, the No Budget, No Pay Act had 94 cosponsors in total, about 17 percent of Congress. That includes 80 cosponsors from the House and 14 from the Senate.

 

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