Yesterday the Senate Appropriations Committee quickly approved bipartisan spending allocations for the year ahead -- despite, as Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) noted, not having a real budget yet. This proposal is significantly different from the ideas on the other side of Capitol Hill. Historically, the two sides have been able to come close enough by the end of the fiscal year to at least pass a temporary spending resolution to keep the government running. But with election-year gridlock, a government shutdown could be looming. Even then, members of Congress would continue receiving pay. No Budget? No Pay!