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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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  • March 13, 2013
    Rep. Reid Ribble
    One of the most important things Washington is supposed to do every year is pass a budget. But you wouldn’t guess that from the way some people around here continually ignore it.
  • April 30, 2012
    Ben Kessler
    No Budget, No Pay bills have already been introduced in the Senate (S. 1981) by Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) and in the House (H.R. 3643) by Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), and both bills have numerous bipartisan co-sponsors. S. 1981 was referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental...
  • February 7, 2012
    Collin Berglund
    The budget battle in the House will almost certainly be a source of Washington gridlock, but at least those members will talk about our country's priorities and how much to spend on those priorities. The Senate plans to skip the conversation entirely.

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