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senate Bill S. 2930

No Budget, No Vacation: Should Congress Have to Stay in Session if it Hasn’t Passed All Spending Bills by August 1st?

Argument in favor

The budgeting process in Congress is broken, and the only way it’ll get fixed is if lawmakers stay in session during August and take difficult votes on the budget and spending bills.

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08/01/2018
If I don’t do my job I get fired! Why should congress be any different? How about some accountability???
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08/01/2018
I say congress gets paid Minimum Wage And be enrolled in the ‘GOP’ approved healthcare plan. Also, they DO NOT get lifetime benefits or a pension. They can save and be a part of Social Security. Lastly, there should be TERM LIMITS for ALL ppl of Congress AND the Supreme Court!! AFTER ALL THEY WORK FOR US!! We are their BOSSES.
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Roger's Opinion
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08/02/2018
Get the work done before you go on vacation.
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Argument opposed

Congress gets things done at its own pace, and this bill would more than likely cause Congress to rush through the appropriations process so they can take as much of August off as possible.

Dicr's Opinion
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08/01/2018
I’m just fine with congress going on vacation till after the midterms. Enough damage has been done to the country already. Unless of course they want to bring fourth articles of impeachment.
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08/02/2018
If they are forced to stay until they make a budget we'll wind up with a crappier budget than we would otherwise get - because they'll agree to anything to get their vacation.
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Anna's Opinion
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08/02/2018
This is a ploy to push the Republican agenda. Being able to vote no is an important tool when the bills being presented are horrifying. I don’t want my representatives strong armed into voting yes when they know the right way to vote is no.
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What is Senate Bill S. 2930?

This bill — the No Budget, No Vacation Act — would prohibit either the House or Senate from going on recess or considering any legislation unrelated to the budget on or after August 1st each year unless both chambers of Congress have passed a budget and all 12 appropriations bills. It’d also prohibit the use of funds for official travel by a member of Congress after August 1st in any year where the budget and all appropriations bills haven’t been passed through Congress.

In the Senate, if the budget and all appropriations bills haven’t been approved, the Clerk would start a quorum call every six hours and if a quorum isn’t present then a yea-and-nay vote would be held regarding whether the Sergeant-at-Arms should compel the attendance of absent and unexcused senators. Once directed to compel the attendance of such senators, warrants would be issued to allow the Sergeant-at-Arms to arrest and bring absent senators to the floor. The Sergeant-at-Arms would then be required to provide hourly status updates on the location of senators.

The federal fiscal year ends on September 30 of each year.

Impact

Members of Congress; and federal agencies.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 2930

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced this bill to prohibit Congress from adjourning for an August recess until the appropriations process is completed:

“Hardworking Iowans know that you don’t take a break until the job is done. Unfortunately, it seems like the same cannot be said for Congress, who adjourns for a month-long recess at the start of every August, whether or not they have passed a budget. This cycle of continuing resolutions and omnibus spending bills is unacceptable. We cannot continue to allow our debt to skyrocket and our military to suffer because Congress starts smelling jet fumes. Members of Congress should stay in Washington until we have completed one of our most fundamental roles: funding the federal government.”

This legislation has the support of four cosponsors in the Senate, all of whom are Republicans.


Of Note: It’s been more than 20 years since Congress last passed all of the 12 regular appropriations bills that are required to be enacted each year, and lawmakers have only accomplished that feat four times since the 1977 fiscal year.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock / peeterv)

AKA

No Budget, No Vacation Act

Official Title

A bill to provide that Congress may not recess, adjourn, or consider other matters after August 1 of any year if Congress has not approved a concurrent resolution on the budget and passed the regular appropriations bills with respect to the next fiscal year.

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      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    IntroducedMay 23rd, 2018
    If I don’t do my job I get fired! Why should congress be any different? How about some accountability???
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    I’m just fine with congress going on vacation till after the midterms. Enough damage has been done to the country already. Unless of course they want to bring fourth articles of impeachment.
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    I say congress gets paid Minimum Wage And be enrolled in the ‘GOP’ approved healthcare plan. Also, they DO NOT get lifetime benefits or a pension. They can save and be a part of Social Security. Lastly, there should be TERM LIMITS for ALL ppl of Congress AND the Supreme Court!! AFTER ALL THEY WORK FOR US!! We are their BOSSES.
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    Get the work done before you go on vacation.
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    If they are forced to stay until they make a budget we'll wind up with a crappier budget than we would otherwise get - because they'll agree to anything to get their vacation.
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    The budget is one of the most important things Congress has to deal with each year. The idea that they can just keep putting it off numerous times. Or worry about other legislation. Or take recess without passing it is absolutely ludicrous.
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    Less time fundraising and schmoozing mega donors. More time working. Do your jobs or get replaced. If you have to work some overtime then so be it. Just like everyone else.
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    The budget is supposed to be dealt with at the beginning of the new fiscal year if not the new calendar year. Heck if I did not do my job I would not be able to go on my vacations either. Stay in session and get the job done. If anything, Democrats should be pushing this in order to “hurt” the Republicans but that would be too obvious. Instead the Democrats want to go home and canvas and spread lies instead of doing their real jobs of running the country.
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    This is a ploy to push the Republican agenda. Being able to vote no is an important tool when the bills being presented are horrifying. I don’t want my representatives strong armed into voting yes when they know the right way to vote is no.
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    No, the less that Congress is in session, the better. Don't pass any spending? Good. Shut down. Good riddance. We'll be fine without you.
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    Get the job done or go home permanently !! Stop all the crap, be an adult and do the job or resign and let someone else step up ......
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    Congress do your job! You know what needs to be done so do it. Take some responsibility. Millions of people count on you. Waiting longer to pass a budget plan isn’t helping. We want quick and efficient. So do that! Throwing something together real quick won’t get you re-elected. We need to make improvements
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    The budgeting process in Congress is broken, and the only way it’ll get fixed is if lawmakers stay in session during August and take difficult votes on the budget and spending bills.
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    Absolutely! I have never been allowed to take vacation if it interfered with my job. Unfortunately, I am not sure these people we have elected understand what their job is supposed to be.
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    I’m I had a fork in the road on this one. Part of me says not to be allowed to take a vacation because I’m working my butt off and I can’t afford a vacation so should they? The other part of me wants them to go away because they are not deciding things in the best interest of me or my family or in the best interest of the American people. Their tax break did not lead to me to getting a raise. Their healthcare will not help me get my medical needs met. There is nothing they have done that has helped my family in anyway shape or form. They continue to ignore a president who is a traitor and does not have our security or our best interest in heart. They continue to protect the president who verbally assaults immigrants, attacks my speech freedom to protest, and spreads ignorance like butter is spread on bread.
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    Enough with the political parties bull Shit because the two sizes are equal. If you cannot put it to the side and work together I don’t know what you doin for me besides playing childish games
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    I am saddened that this bill MUST be passed. Grownups know better; do your job! I hope that politicians are finally realizing that Americans are done with the way Washington does “business”. If the election of Trump wasn’t a wake up call, I don’t know what is!
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    And no overtime. These guys get so much money and benefits for doing nothing. If I did nothing at my job, people would die and I'd get fired. These guys get a check for doing nothing. Gravy train needs to stop. Our money needs to come back to us not to the top...
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    Forcing them to find a compromise may well be the only way these mopes will get anything done. They are the most unproductive and overpaid social servants in history. But nothing is gonna change as long as we allow them to take bribes as part of their job. Public funded elections and the banishment of lobbyists is the only way we get our government to work for us.
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    If you can’t finish your work, stay at work until you finish it. Simple as that
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