Join Today and Receive a Free Bumper Magnet

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.

Related Posts

  • March 12, 2012
    Collin Berglund
    "Just 10 percent of the country approves of the job that Congress is doing—and the most powerful member of the Senate is apparently not one of them. “I think Congress looks bad,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on CNN’s State of the Union.
  • 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.
  • January 18, 2013
    Kelsey McLaughlin
    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)...

Use the Toolkit

Citizen Toolkit

Click here to get all the tools you need to help make America work!

Use Toolkit

Problem Solvers

  • Andy Barr
  • John Barrow
  • Mark Begich
  • Ami  Bera
  • Sanford Bishop
  • Diane Black
  • Bruce Braley
  • Julia Brownley
  • Larry Bucshon
  • Cheri Bustos