As the Act's name suggests — No Budget, No Pay Act — this bill withholds the paychecks of Congressional members from the chamber (the House or the Senate) that can't agree on a federal budget.
What is House Bill H.R. 174?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 174
In-Depth: In 2013, both the Senate and the House passed a version of this bill, as part of a plan to suspend the debt limit. Under that measure, lawmakers would not get their paychecks unless each chamber passed a budget by April 15.
So why bother re-introducing this bill? That last bill never required both chambers to agree on a unified budget resolution.
This is all to say that when you're making over $170,000 a year, missing a few paychecks probably won't be the end of the world for you.
Congress’ inability to come to an agreement on a budget has highlighted the disconnect between those in Washington D.C. and those outside the Beltway. For families and business owners, establishing a budget is a routine procedure, yet between April 29, 2009 and March 24, 2013 the Senate did not pass a budget.
The willingness of members of Congress to delay their own paychecks has also emphasized the divide. For a member of Congress the minimum salary is currently $174,000, and the median income for Americans is just over $43,000. In 2011, the median net worth for a member of Congress was $966,000, while the typical household net worth for Americans as a whole is under $67,000.
No Budget, No Pay Act
To provide that the salaries of Members of a House of Congress will be held in escrow if that House has not agreed to a concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2016 by April 15, 2015.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on AdministrationIntroducedJanuary 6th, 2015
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