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January 23, 2013

Upton champions passage of “No Budget, No Pay” bill

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) voted Wednesday afternoon (January 23rd) to pass “No Budget, No Pay” legislation (H.R. 325) that requires the House and the Senate to each pass a budget; failure to do so would result in pay being withheld for Members of that legislative body.  To date, it has been 1,365 since the Democratic-controlled Senate has passed an annual budget resolution.  H.R. 325 also temporarily raises the debt ceiling to allow the U.S. government to meet its obligations through May 18, 2013.  H.R. 325 passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 285 to 144 and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

“It’s a straightforward concept: if you don’t do your work, you don’t get paid,” said Upton.  “It is absolutely shameful that the Senate has not done its job, failing to pass a single budget in nearly four years.  Every American family and business operates on a budget – without that fundamental blueprint, how can the Senate reasonably expect to address our nation’s complex fiscal challenges?”

The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 requires both the House and the Senate to pass a budget resolution, which the Senate has failed to do since April 29, 2009.  H.R. 325 requires both chambers of Congress to pass a Fiscal Year 2014 budget resolution by April 15, 2013.  In the event a resolution is not agreed to, the salaries that would have otherwise been paid to the Members of the chamber failing to agree to a budget resolution will be placed in escrow.  In accordance with the Twenty-seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution, withheld funds will be released when a budget is adopted or the last day of the 113th Congress.

The national debt limit was most recently raised as part of the Budget Control Act of 2011.  At the end of 2012, the U.S. Department of the Treasury reached its authorized borrowing limit of $16.4 trillion and has been utilizing “extraordinary measures” to meet our nation’s obligations.  Those measures are expected to be exhausted by late February or early March without the enactment of this legislation, causing a default.

Source:  News release from Congressman Fred Upton


  1. How hard is it to square dance in a round house????

    “It’s a straightforward concept: if you don’t do your work, you don’t get paid,” said Upton….

    Ummmmm……two flaws in that concept from my vantage point

    1) Aren’t a bunch of these guys in the Senate already pretty well off financially before they went in to public office? So do you think if they don’t get paid they are really gonna sweat it that much, or should we start passing the collection plates for them now to get a head start?

    2) Let’s just say they aren’t already self made millionaires, come from old money, or married in to money….so even if the fridge does run a little empty from not getting paid, don’t the special interest lobbyists buy these guys enough lunches and dinners and other perks?

    Ooooooooh….I’m sure those boys on capital hill are just feeling the pressure on that one–I’ll bet that’ll just make their ‘ol sphincters just pucker right up and get right on that task. Seriously? Gimme a break Washington…we heard all of this “playing chicken” with all the fiscal cliff tough talk and in the end you just kicked the can down the road a few months on that one too and told us the next water mark would be the debt ceiling talks. Just do your fricken jobs guys, get it done, and quit with all the posturing–because sooner or later China is gonna want the money for their loans to us paid back even if they do already have almost all of our jobs.

  2. Scott Chiddister says Washington needs to adopt "No Pay Starting Today"

    Mr. Upton…from my vantage point you guys in both parties are making this way too complicated. Why wait to April to stop taking a paycheck and to fix this when the system is broken now?

    What’s stopping you and everyone else in Washington from voluntarily refusing to take a paycheck right now until it gets fixed. I mean if you guys are really serious about fixing the problem, then put your money where your mouth is and say no pay until its fixed–today. It doesn’t take a House bill on Capitol Hill to do that–just a little common sense and a willingness and aptitude to fix the problems and not the blame. Lead by example NOW, take the cut in pay until you guys in Washington get your sh!t together.

  3. How hard is it to square dance in a round house????

    No budget–no pay? How’s about no budget then no job. If the folks in Washington can’t do the job we send them to do, I don’t want them running things even without pay –they are still capable costing you and me plenty and screwing up this country even if they are working for free.

    But I’m not posting to just complain..I come bearing some helpful idea’s to the problem. Here’s maybe a couple idea’s how to save a few bucks for that budget.

    1) Since we now are gonna have government run healthcare, those healthcare costs impacts the Federal budget, right? With that in mind, here’s a thought to follow some government logic. I think we should have no more than 7 cigarettes in a pack, and no more than 7 packs per carton. Everyone knows that a lower capacity clip (oops, I mean carton) will deter people from smoking and prevent thousands of lives being wiped out by lung cancer, emphysema and the like.

    2) I think beer cans should be reduced from 12 oz per can to 7 oz and a case of beer should be reduced from 24 cans to no more than 7 cans because lower capacity beer and liquor clips (oops, I mean cans and bottles) will curtail massive widespread alcoholism, alcohol related deaths from drunk driving, and countless lives ruined (except for mini bars of course and those cute little bottles they have on airplanes). Again, that should help us with our health care costs, drain on our legal system, and fewer ATF agents

    3) Give each member of the House of Representatives and the Senate a free software license to Quicken software and the book “Budgets for Dummies”.

    4) For every time a Republican refers to social security and medicare as “entitlement programs”, they gotta drop a twenty in to the jar. According my paystubs since I was 13 yrs old, I paid in to it (and quite a bit at that)….I expect it to be there when I retire. That’s not entitlement. Entitlement is what you jackasses in Washington did when you borrowed from those funds and didn’t pay it back…not my friggen problem.

    5) Members of Congress, the house representatives and Michelle’s husband can save us millions with one easy step. Quit kissing all the special interests groups’ butts…..think of how much savings will occur with less need for medicated lip balm you won’t need or all the tic-tacs to get that @ss taste out of your mouth.

    6) If you guys spend any more time and money on investigating or prosecuting who took steroids or who gave steroids to who before setting a reasonable budget and meeting it, we should order your secret service guards to tase you in the genitals. If we need Congress to police how billionaire owners and millionaire players conduct how grown men play a kids game for millions of dollars without cheating–God help us with our priorities please.

    7) Re-elect Bill Clinton to the White house so they can turn the Lincoln Memorial back in to a Hooters (making it a bigger tourist draw and money maker).

    8) Set reasonable goals first…For example, before trying to tackle gun control in the entire US, see what you can do to address gun violence in the city of Washington DC first.

    9) Legalize stem cell research and use start using members of congress as the first recipients one at a time to help them grow some brains.

    10) Beg Hillary Clinton to stay on as secretary of state. That position of public office logs millions of miles of travel, and broom flight is much cheaper than jet flight for anyone replacing her.

    And in closing, just remember these are the guys in Washington that say that an AR-15 in your hands or mine is called an assault weapon. Put one in the hands of a UN soldier and what do they call those folks– peace keepers.

  4. James Roberts

    Thank you Congressman Fred Upton.

  5. Richard Baker

    Once again, Mr. Upton appears to be continuing the same stance…Republicans are always right and should be rewarded. Since they do not control the Senate, the Senators are all to blame for any problem we have for anything, at least in his biased eyes.

    I blame the entire divided, stubborn, unwilling to cooperate for most of the mess we have. It really all started with OPEC and a jump in oil prices…….Despite a warning back in 1973 we did nothing to prevent our current Oil Age War…..

    Supposedly we get better elected officials if we pay them more money…but what we have is a group of people who are “affluent welfare recipients”…they set their own salary, create their own exclusive benefits for themselves and their families for life (pension plus medical). For those “tea party” people this would be called “socialism” if the rest of us had this benefit….

    Fred is just another millionaire that we are subsidizing……

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