HOW TO MAKE CONGRESS DO ITS JOB: NO BUDGET, NO PAY

Gail Collins writes (column, Aug. 4), “You are probably wondering what your elected officials have been up to.” If their legislative record is any indication, not much.

Our country faces serious fiscal and other challenges, and they are about to become even more dire with the year-end “fiscal cliff.” Yet all Congress can do is take symbolic votes that yield no tangible results and punt the money ball down the field for another six months. And despite its failure to act, Congress gives itself a five-week vacation!

If our leaders can’t come together to solve big problems, they should face serious consequences, like not getting paid.

The No Budget, No Pay Act (H.R. 3643) aims to remedy a practice that symbolizes the gridlock on Capitol Hill: Congress’s continued failure to pass timely budgets and appropriations bills. First proposed by No Labels, a movement of Democrats, Republicans and independents dedicated to the politics of problem-solving, the legislation is a serious reform to an institution in need of one.

DAVE WALKER
Washington, Aug. 7, 2012

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/10/opinion/how-to-make-congress-do-its-job-no-budget-no-pay.html

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