No Budget, No Pay vote today
No Budget, No Pay vote today
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:12pm EST
NO BUDGET, NO PAY VOTE TODAY: The House is scheduled to vote on No Budget, No Pay today along with a three-month debt ceiling increase. This is a step in the right direction. This is not a partisan issue -- there is no Democratic budget or Republican budget but only an American budget that needs across-the-aisle support. President Barack Obama has now said he will not oppose the measure. Democratic senators are also expected to pass the bill after the vote in the House. However, there is still work to be done. Our No Budget, No Pay proposal will take it one step further and require Congress to pass all spending bills necessary for a functioning government on time as well: Russell Berman and Bernie Becker forThe Hill: House GOP debt-ceiling bill gaining momentum ahead of floor vote
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to bring filibuster reform to the Senate floor, regardless of the support from the Republican minority. "The Nevada Democrat said he would give Republicans another 24 to 36 hours to agree to filibuster reform and then trigger the so-called nuclear option. This controversial tactic would allow him to change the Senate rules with a simple majority vote," writes Alexander Bolton. We support the idea of filibuster reform, as detailed in our Make Congress Work!
action plan as a means to fix the system. But to force it down Congress' throat wouldn't help make the process work: Alexander Bolton for The Hill: Reid to Senate Republicans: Filibuster deal in 36 hours or face nuclear option
NOW WORKING TOGETHER:
After seeing the effects that gridlock and hyper-partisanship in Washington have on the country, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee leaders want to start working together. “During the last Congress, much of our committee’s work seemed to be colored by politics, and perhaps that was inevitable. During this Congress, however, we have a new opportunity to reset our agenda and to focus on actually improving the lives of those we serve. Accomplishing these goals will require serious effort on both sides — Democrats and Republicans alike," said Ranking Member Elijah Cummings: Jordy Yager for The Hill: Oversight chiefs vow to bury hatchet
STAT OF THE DAY:
The No Budget, No Pay Act has been reintroduced in the House as H.R. 310
and currently has 52 cosponsors. See if your representative is included in the list!
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In today's Problem-Solver's Daily, we discuss how neither party wants to take action on the proposals they each call for in negotiating a "grand bargain."
The chairman of the House Budget Committee says he would absolutely support the No Budget, No Pay Act.
Here's a good idea: If Congress doesn't pass the budget on time--which it habitually fails to do--congressmen wouldn't be paid.