WASHINGTON, DC – Delivering remarks on the House floor today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) urged support for the No Budget, No Pay Act (H.R. 325) that will force Senate Democrats to finally pass a budget, which they have refused to do in almost four years. In his remarks, Speaker Boehner reiterated that the No Budget, No Pay Act is just a first step toward a long-term plan that balances the budget over the next 10 years, and addresses the fiscal crisis that threatens our economy and future generations. Following are Speaker Boehner’s remarks, as delivered:
“Let me thank my colleague for yielding, and ask my colleagues today to vote for the No Budget, No Pay Act.
“You know, the premise here is pretty simple. It says that there should be no long-term increase in the debt limit until there’s a long-term plan to deal with the fiscal crisis that faces our country. Every hardworking taxpayer in America knows that they have to do a budget. Every hardworking taxpayer understands that you can’t continue to spend money that you don’t have.
“We are committed to continue to do a budget every year. And if you think about this, it’s not just that we’ve done a budget the last two years that addresses our fiscal crisis, even when the Democrats had control in the two years before that, you all did a budget. And yet for four years – nearly four years – the United States Senate has not done a budget.
“And so this bill before us is real simple. It says, ‘Congress, if you don’t do a budget you don’t get paid.’ I have no doubt that we’re going to do our work. We’re committed to doing a budget and a ten-year plan to solve our budget crisis and to balance our budget. And frankly, I think it’s time for the Senate, and the White House, to produce a budget that will balance over the next 10 years.
“You know, most Americans would look up and go, ‘Wait a minute, why do they need 10 years to balance the budget?’ But we know with baby boomers retiring and the fact that it wasn’t prepared for – it’s going to take a little more time. But my goodness, we ought to be able to balance the budget in the next 10 years.
“Balancing the budget over the next 10 years means that we save the future for our kids and our grandkids. It also means that we strengthen programs like Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid that can’t continue to exist in their current form without some kind of controls. It’s time for Congress to get serious about this and this is the first step in an effort to bring real fiscal responsibility to Washington. It’s real simple: no budget, no pay. I yield back.”