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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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  • July 13, 2012
    Ryan Denenberg
    Senate Democrats and House Republicans are in disagreement over the spending totals for the proposed national budget. With a polarizing election coming in November, it is all but certain that no budget will be agreed upon until January.
  • February 2, 2012
    Collin Berglund
    Failure to appropriate government money on time has a real impact on Americans. During the 2004 fiscal year, the uncertainty resulted in a loss of 1,350 positions in the Federal Judiciary according to this report. If members of Congress can't do their job, they shouldn't get paid.
  • January 31, 2013
    Kelsey McLaughlin
    No Budget, No Pay passed in the Senate and now has been signed by the president!

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