NO BUDGET, NO PAY!

Letter to the Editor

Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

In my opinion, Congress’ most basic responsibility is deciding how much money the government takes in and how much it spends. Congress only passed all government spending bills on time four times since 1952 and it has been more than 1,000 days since Congress passed a concurrent budget resolution.

This has resulted in a more wasteful and inefficient government.

Worst of all, Congress doesn’t ever have the opportunity to discuss the most fundamental questions of all: What are our nation’s priorities and how much should we spend on those priorities?

To change the incentive structure for Congress, No Labels has put forth a simple idea: No Budget, No Pay!

It’s point No. 1 in No Labels’ 12-point Make Congress Work! action plan, and polling shows 88 percent of Americans agree with the idea.

No Budget, No Pay bills have already been introduced in the Senate (S. 1981) by Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) and in the House (H.R. 3643) by Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), and both bills have numerous bipartisan co-sponsors.

We already have a hearing scheduled for the No Budget, No Pay Act on March 14 in the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs.

We simply cannot afford to continue to borrow money at the rate we are borrowing – we HAVE to get a handle on it!

Please visit nolabels.org right now to contact your members of Congress and tell them to support No Budget, No Pay.

Janice Carroll

Bartlesville, OK

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