About the Problem

Federal debt held by the public will exceed 100% of GDP by 2039. And legislators are not being held responsible for failing to pass a budget.


About the Policy

If the congressional appropriations (spending) process is not completed by the start of a new federal fiscal year, congressional pay ceases as of October 1, and isn’t restored until appropriations are completed.

Public Support

81% of All Polled
82% of Democrats
82% of Republicans
79% of Independents

Polling data derived from three national surveys conducted by Cohen Research Group in February and March 2016. Each survey had a sample size of at least 1,000 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.1%