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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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  • April 13, 2012
    Jack McCullough
    If you don't pay your taxes by April 17, you could go to jail. Congress has a mid-April deadline for budgeting too -- and nothing happens if they miss it. No Budget, No Pay would change this.
  • November 7, 2012
    Kelsey McLaughlin
    Dr. Ami Bera and Rep. Dan Lungren’s race to represent California’s 7th Congressional District is still yet to be called for either candidate -- it’s come down to 184 votes.
  • February 29, 2012
     
    It’s time for members of Congress to quit shirking their responsibilities and do their work. If members of Congress can’t make spending and budget decisions on time, they shouldn’t get paid on time either — just like the rest of us.

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