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Timeline: No Budget, No Pay

Timeline: No Budget, No Pay

December 13, 2011: No Labels introduces the Make Congress Work! action plan, starting with a proposal to withhold pay for members of Congress if they do not pass a budget and all spending bills on time.

The No Budget, No Pay Act is entered as a bill in the House by sponsor Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) and in the Senate by sponsor Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV).

February 29, 2012: No Budget, No Pay has 36 co-sponsors in the House and Senate.

March 14, 2012: No Budget, No Pay receives a hearing in the Senate. Click here to check out some photos from the hearing.

May 10, 2012: No Budget, No Pay is up to 58 co-sponsors.

June 23, 2012: No Budget, No Pay has 73 co-sponsors total.

November 6, 2012: Ami Bera defeats Rep. Dan Lungren on a message of “No Budget, No Pay.” Lungren single-handedly held up the bill in the House, refusing to give it a hearing.

December 31, 2012: No Budget, No Pay ends the 112th Congress with 95 co-sponsors in the House and Senate. The average bill in Congress from 1973-2004 had about 11 co-sponsors in the House and around 3 in the Senate.

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  • August 28, 2012
    Jack McCullough
    In today's Problem-Solver's Daily, polarizing campaigns are creating a more divided country, Rep. Jim Cooper appeared on America's Radio News Network to talk about No Budget, No Pay, and what are the issues that both parties can agree on?
  • January 23, 2013
     
    No Labels Co-Founder John Avlon writes about the importance of passing No Budget, No Pay.
  • May 23, 2012
    Jack McCullough
    GENERAL LACK OF INSPECTORS: There are 73 inspector general posts in this country. But 10 are vacant -- and four have been vacant for the entirety of the Obama administration. The role of an inspector general is to ferret out waste, stop corruption and expose internal wrongdoing. If Congress worked and required an up-or-down vote on presidential appointments within 90 days, these positions would be filled.

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