It sound great, until you realize that this Congress has unexplainable difficulty passing even the most normal, usually noncontroversial bills — such as the Highway Bill. So even if this Senate committee passes it along, there is NO WAY this particular bill will ever make it through the GOP-led House:
Amid growing public disgust with partisan gridlock in Congress, a “No Budget, No Pay” bill will be heard by a Senate committee Wednesday.
The measure would withhold congressional pay if members fail to pass spending bills and the budget on time, say sponsors Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn.
“This is an historic moment for Congress,” said Bill Galston, co-founder of the bipartisan group, No Labels.
“It’s very rare for the institution to hold a hearing on ways to fix itself. The No Budget, No Pay Act is an essential step to help Congress move from point-scoring to problem-solving,” said Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Though Brookings is a liberal think tank and No Labels is perceived by some conservatives as a Trojan Horse for the left, the No Budget, No Pay Act has garnered more than a dozen Republican co-sponsors in the House and Senate.
Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Tallahassee, one of those co-sponsors, said, “Any small-business owner, financial planner or head of household will tell you you can’t run an effective and efficient operation until you have a budget blueprint.
“This common-sense legislation ensures that members of Congress are held accountable to the taxpayers and that Washington begins to live by the same standards that hard-working men and women live by every day across America.”