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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., who represents the Rockford area, released the following statement Jan. 23 after voting in favor of H.R. 325, the No Budget, No Pay Act:
One of the most important roles of the federal government is to implement a budget. While the House has managed to carry out this basic function, the Senate has failed to do so for the last four years.
As a result the House is putting an end to the Senate’s negligence and passed legislation that requires both the House and Senate to pass a budget. If we fail to do so, Congress won’t receive a paycheck.
It’s time for Washington to tackle the government’s spending addiction. If we can’t do even the most basic responsibilities that our constituents sent us here to do, we don’t deserve to get paid.
The legislation suspends the debt limit and makes mandatory that the House and Senate adopt a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2014 by April 15, 2013. If neither body adopts a budget, members of that body will have their pay put into an escrow account beginning April 16, 2013, until the body adopts a budget. This pay will be released when a budget is adopted or at the end of the current Congress (in compliance with the 27th Amendment).
Click here for the full text of H.R. 325
Posted Jan. 23, 2013