From the office of Rep. Joe Walsh (R, Illinois 8th District)…
Demands vote to put an end to Members’ pay if an annual budget is not passed
WASHINGTON – Today Congressman Joe Walsh (IL-8) doubled down on his support for the bipartisan No Budget, No Pay Act. The bill states that if Congress does not pass a budget and all appropriations bills by October 1st every year, then Members of Congress do not get paid. Congressman Walsh is a co-sponsor of this legislation and a member of the Fix Congress Now Caucus.
Walsh stated: “The No Budget, No Pay Act is simple –if we don’t do our work, we don’t get paid. It has been more than 1,000 days since Congress has passed a budget and 15 years since appropriation bills were passed on time. This is absolutely unacceptable and a complete failure.
“I came to Washington to change the way this town does business. This bill brings us one step closer to ending a dysfunctional Congress. Americans work hard to earn their paychecks and Members of Congress should not be any different. I took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, and we have a Constitutional responsibility to pass a budget. If we don’t do the work, then we shouldn’t get paid either. I plan to push this legislation in the coming weeks. The first step is encouraging House Leadership to bring this up for a vote immediately.”