Lamar Signs on as ‘No Budget, No Pay’ Sponsor

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander said Monday he is throwing his support behind legislation that would cut off Congress members’ pay if they fail to pass a budget and spending bills, reports Michael Collins.
The Maryville Republican said he will sign on as cosponsor of the No Budget, No Pay Act and would work to see that it becomes law.
“You wouldn’t get paid at the Grand Ole Opry if you showed up late and refused to sing,” Alexander said. “The same should apply to members of Congress who don’t do their jobs.”
The legislation, filed last December by U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., would halt congressional paychecks if Congress fails to pass all 12 of the annual spending bills by the beginning of the fiscal year, Oct. 1, as required by law. U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, R-Nashville, has filed virtually the same bill in the U.S. House.
If approved, the “No Budget No Pay” requirement would kick in next year.
Congress hasn’t passed a budget in more than three years, but has kept the government running by approving a series of short-term spending resolutions
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