OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 113TH CONGRESS:
House Passes ‘No Budget No Pay,’ Extends Debt Limit by Three Months
Source: ABC News Radio, 1-23-13
The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to approve a three-month extension of the debt limit in a bill that concurrently pressures lawmakers to adopt a budget or have their congressional pay withheld.
The vote passed by a count of 285-144. Thirty-three Republicans opposed the measure, while 86 Democrats voted to approve it, sending the legislation to the Senate where it is also expected to pass, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
The bill, known as the No Budget No Pay Act of 2013, directs both chambers of Congress to adopt a budget resolution for fiscal year 2014 by April 15, 2013. If either body fails to pass a budget, members of that body would have their paychecks put into an escrow account starting on April 16 until that body adopts a budget. Any pay that is withheld would eventually be released at the end of the current Congress even if a budget doesn’t ever pass….READ MORE