No Budget, No Pay suspends member pay if Congress fails to pass annual budget and spending bills on time.
The idea for No Budget, No Pay was first introduced by No Labels in its Make Congress Work! reform package in December 2011.
No Budget, No Pay legislation was introduced by Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) and Representative Jim Cooper (D-TN) in the 112th Congress, with over 90 co-sponsors for the respective bills (S.1981 and H.R. 3643).
In 2013, House Speaker John Boehner adopted a modified version of No Budget, No Pay in his debt-ceiling extension bill, which passed in the House and Senate and was signed into law by President Obama. However, this modified No Budget, No Pay did not require permanent forfeiture of congressional pay for failure to pass a budget and did not apply to passage of late spending bills as well.
No Labels continues to advocate for the original, stronger version of No Budget, No Pay that was introduced in the 112th Congress by Sen. Heller and Rep. Cooper.
We proposed legislation that would merge the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration electronic records system to significantly improve the health care of those who have volunteered to serve their country.
Language from our bill was incorporated into the 2013 Defense Appropriations legislation, resulting in a win for veterans, their families and the nation.