News release from Diane Black campaign:
GALLATIN- The Diane Black for Congress campaign today unveiled a new television ad titled ‘No Budget. No Pay’. The new ad is airing on television stations across the Sixth Congressional District and it highlights legislation that Black has co-sponsored as a member of the Fix Congress Now Caucus.
“It is outrageous that we have to pass a law to get Congress to do its job, but we just can’t sit on our hands while the debt balloons and Congress continues to just kick the can down the road,” said Black. “It has been three years since Washington has passed any budget and we are over $16 trillion in debt. Our constituents have to do their jobs to get paid and so should Congress.”
Congress so routinely misses budget and appropriations deadlines that it is to the point where no one takes these deadlines seriously, since there’s no consequence for being late. ‘No Budget. No Pay’ would hold Congress accountable for not fulfilling its duties. The law says that if Congress doesn’t pass its budget and all its appropriations bills by the October 1st deadline, then Congress doesn’t get paid. Retroactive pay isn’t an option.
Once pay is withheld, it’s gone for good. The bill was introduced in December and Black and her colleagues in the Fix Congress Now Caucus have rallied behind ‘No Budget, No Pay’.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a fiscal year 2013 Budget Resolution on March 29, 2012. The Senate has yet to pass a budget and we are over half way through the year.
Black received the most conservative rating for any member in the United States House of Representatives from the well-respected National Journal, and she was the first freshman member of Congress to have a bill signed into law. Black’s bill that became law reversed a portion of Obamacare saving taxpayers $13 billion dollars. Black is running for re-election in the newly drawn 6th Congressional District, which includes the following seventeen counties Cumberland, Cannon, Clay, Coffee, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, White and Wilson counties and a portion of Cheatham.
‘NO BUDGET. NO PAY’: 30 TV. View the ad here.
Text of Ad
Businesses have to live within a budget.
But it’s been three years since Washington has passed any budget.
I argued. I begged I even got mad.
Now I’ve found the answer. Cut their pay!
I’m Diane Black and here’s my plan.
If Congress doesn’t pass a budget… then Congress doesn’t get a paycheck.
No Budget. No Pay.
You want to yank their chain. Grab their wallet.
I’m Diane Black and I approved this message.
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