It shouldn’t require legislative arm-twisting to force the Democratic-controlled Senate to do its job, but after nearly four years without a budget, that is unfortunately what it’s come down to.  Last week, the House passed the No Budget, No Pay Act (H.R. 325) requiring the Democratic-run Senate to fulfill its ‘most basic responsibility of governing’ – passing a budget – and laying the groundwork for a long-term plan to address the nation’s debt crisis.   House Republicans are keeping the heat on Senate Democrats by highlighting the No Budget, No Pay Act in op-eds across the country.  Here’s more:

  • Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN): “By forcing Senate Democrats to finally live up to one of the most basic responsibilities of governing — passing a budget — it sends a clear message: Voters gave you a job to do and it’s time to get the job done. Without a budget there will be no pay.” (Indianapolis Star, 1/26/13)
  • House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) & Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI): “The American people must know that we will not achieve any agreement toward fiscal responsibility unless both sides put their cards on the table to allow those we serve to cast judgment on the appropriate path forward.” (The Detroit News, 1/28/13)
  • Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK): “The Democratic Senate’s refusal to either consider our plans or contribute one of their own puts a halt to the budget process and makes meaningful debt reduction virtually impossible.” (The Edmond Sun, 1/28/13)
  • Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-VA): “Just like families & businesses across America, members of Congress need to be held responsible for their fiscal decisions.” (Suffolk News-Herald, 1/28/13)
  • Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO): “For each of the last two years, the House has passed a responsible budget that promotes economic growth and addresses Washington’s out-of-control spending. The bill approved by the House will require both the House and the Senate to confront the government’s spending problem by passing a budget.” (Pulaski County Daily, 1/25/13)
  • Rep. Robert Hurt (R-VA): “Just as a $16 trillion debt was not accumulated by cutting one check, it will not be eliminated by one piece of legislation. … And while it is not perfect, the No Budget No Pay Act has moved us to the first step in restoring our nation’s fiscal health and in upholding our founding principles and preserving this great nation for future generations.” (Daily Progress, 1/27/13)
  • Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA): “Failing to budget — especially in times of financial hardship — is irresponsible and potentially disastrous.” (The Des Moines Register, 1/25/13)
  • Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA): “For the last two years, House Republicans have passed budgets that promote private sector growth, cut wasteful spending, strengthen entitlement programs, and balance over the long-term. … Unfortunately, only one side has put their solutions down on paper.” (The Mercury, 1/27/13)
  • Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO): “With a $16.4 trillion national debt, passing a budget must be our top priority.” (Glenwood Springs Post Independent, 1/26/13)
  • Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI): “If Congress can’t do its job, it shouldn’t get a paycheck. Sometimes doing our job means making tough, but necessary choices. The first step in solving our debt crisis is to realize that we can’t until we stop spending beyond our means. But by making responsible choices and putting the right reforms in place, we can.” (MLive.com, 1/27/13)

With passage of the No Budget, No Pay Act, House Republicans “essentially maneuvered” Senate Democrats into promising a budget this year.   With the national debt nearing $16.5 trillion and millions of Americans still out of work, the pressure is on Senate Democrats to follow through and bring real solutions to the table that will stop the excessive taxing, spending and borrowing and put our economy on the path to a balanced budget.