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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    It’s time to end rampant congressional dysfunction. We must incentivize responsibility and create and enforce consequences when accountability is lacking. If Congress doesn’t pass a budget on time, members of Congress should not get paid until they do.
  • March 15, 2012
     
    Lawmakers expressed some support Wednesday for proposals that would force Members to cooperate in the name of getting things done, which include blocking Congressional pay in some cases.
  • October 8, 2012
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    Check out this transcript of the Senate hearing on No Budget, No Pay: Raising the Bar for Congress: Reform Proposals for the 21st Century.

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