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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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    MORE BUDGET DRAMA TO COME: Although No Budget, No Pay will provide incentive for Congress to create a budget, we’re still facing automatic, across-the-board spending cuts due to the sequestration in a month. It’s the next big fight in Washington -- and yet again, there’s only a month to solve it...
  • May 23, 2012
     
    Last week, columnist Jon Ralston slammed Sen. Dean Heller for his sponsoring of the No Budget, No Pay Act, which would suspend congressional member pay if budget and spending bills weren’t passed on time. Ralston thinks No Budget, No Pay is a cynical gimmick. He’s wrong.
  • March 13, 2012
     
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, March 14 at 10 a.m. ET, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hear testimony on the No Budget, No Pay Act, which withholds congressional pay if members fail to pass spending bills and the budget on time. The committee will also hear testimony on additional reform proposals based on the No Labels Make Congress Work! action plan.

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