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.