Wednesday, May 16, 2012

No budget, no pay, some House lawmakers say

While this is a good idea, I have an even better one. How about congress gets paid based on their approval rating? Right now, and for the last couple of years at least, congress has had an approval rating below 20%. So under my plan they would make a little under 20% of their annual salary. Do you think if that were the case they would start listening to "We the People"? I bet they would, in a second.

Here's what I don't get about the whole budget thing, it's a LAW that congress pass a budget every year. It's been over three years since one has been passed. Why hasn't anyone been arrested over this? These clowns are BREAKING THE LAW.

By Paige Winfield Cunningham - The Washington Times

A group of Democratic and Republican House members say it’s time to punish themselves if Congress keeps failing at its basic duty of passing an annual budget — and they want to hit where it hurts: their own paychecks.

Even though House Speaker John A. Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor haven’t been keen on the idea in the past, Virginia Republican Scott Rigell and a bipartisan group of lawmakers urged them Wednesday to advance legislation suspending members’ pay if Congress doesn’t pass a budget on time.

The goal may seem relatively simple — except that Congress hasn’t passed a budget in more than 1,000 days, instead relying on short-term funding bills often approved at the eleventh hour after contentious partisan gridlock over whether to raise taxes or cut spending.

Another dramatic showdown over the budget could take place later this year, with Mr. Boehner

A sure solution is to put members’ pay on the line if they don’t start thinking longer-term, said Rep. Jim Cooper, Tennessee Democrat, and sponsor of the “No Budget, No Pay” Act.

“One of the reasons we can do this is we will have engaged the most powerful lobbyists on earth to get it done, namely, our spouses,” Mr. Cooper said. “They have a strong interest in us getting paid.”

While 29 Republicans and 19 Democrats have signed onto his bill, Mr. Cooper said he needs more members to come on board to pressure the leadership into taking notice.

“It’s no secret this is not popular with leadership,” he said. “They just want to be popular with members. Some of the most sacred conversations here on the Hill are about member pay and benefits. You start messing with that and you get real trouble in both parties.”

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