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house Bill H.R. 5806

Should Congress Not Get a Vacation Until the Budget is Balanced?

Argument in favor

Congress needs to get its act together by balancing the budget and going through the full appropriations process, and drastically cutting down their vacation would incentivize them to get it done.

BTSundra's Opinion
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09/02/2016
It is imperative we always have a balanced budget and Congress must be held accountable.
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TylerCroley's Opinion
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09/02/2016
Congress needs to do what they were elected to do. They all are responsible to us, the people.
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Ismael's Opinion
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09/04/2016
They shouldn't be rewarded for not doing their job.
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Argument opposed

While this bill is well-intended, Congress could always repeal itl or create a workaround to avoid remaining in session until they balance the budget and complete the appropriations process.

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09/03/2016
My nay does not indicate that I think our elected deadbeats should go home leaving important work unfinished: like funding for ZIKA, you idiots! But I think a balanced budget is not only a myth but total folly. If the legislature doesn't create a balanced budget, are we then letting the court create the budget? Not way in hell!!!
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J. scott's Opinion
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09/03/2016
No this is all just nonsense - get back to governing. The budget hasn't been consistently balanced since Andrew Jackson. Stop the nonsense.
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Dominic's Opinion
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09/04/2016
In order to balance the budget, either taxes would have to be raised significantly and funding for social programs would have to be cut. Both of which Americans don't want to happen. So forcing a balanced budget would have severe negative effects on the economy.
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Budget
      Committee on Rules
    IntroducedJuly 14th, 2016

What is House Bill H.R. 5806?

This bill would change the rules of the House and Senate to prohibit either chamber from going on recess or adjourning for more than 24 hours until Congress agrees to a budget resolution that balances the budget no later than fiscal year 2026.

Congress’ budget process would also be reformed to create two points of order against resolutions that let Congress adjourn. The first wouldn’t allow the House to be adjourned for more than three days during August until the House has approved all appropriations bills. The second would prevent both the House and the Senate from adjourning for more than three days between October 1 and the end of the session unless all appropriations bills have been passed by Congress.

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Members of Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5806

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth: When he introduced this bill’s predecessor during the last session of Congress, sponsoring Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) expressed concern that Congress goes on recess too frequently, leaving important issues like funding the government unfinished:

“Leaving for the entire month of August was a tradition that, as I’ve read, was brought to this chamber because of the extreme heat of the city of Washington D.C. prior to air conditioning. But here we are in 2014, the building is air conditioned, the lights are on, it’s a relatively comfortable place to work — we could stay here and actually finish up some of the work of the people.”


Of Note: A similarly themed bill, the No Budget No Pay Act, would withhold the paychecks of members of Congress who serve in a chamber that fails to pass a budget.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Lawrence Jackson / WhiteHouse.gov)

AKA

Do Your Job Act

Official Title

To prohibit congressional recesses until Congress adopts a concurrent resolution on the budget that results in a balanced Federal budget by fiscal year 2026, and for other purposes.

    It is imperative we always have a balanced budget and Congress must be held accountable.
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    My nay does not indicate that I think our elected deadbeats should go home leaving important work unfinished: like funding for ZIKA, you idiots! But I think a balanced budget is not only a myth but total folly. If the legislature doesn't create a balanced budget, are we then letting the court create the budget? Not way in hell!!!
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    Congress needs to do what they were elected to do. They all are responsible to us, the people.
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    They shouldn't be rewarded for not doing their job.
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    Congress should do their damn job.
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    I have to do my job, they should have to do theirs.
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    Do the job we expect from you. Congress needs to be held accountable!
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    Just the fact that this bill is being proposed is sad. If any member of Congress worked in a business, they would be fired for incompetence. Not only should it be mandated that they meet the deadlines for the budget and appropriation bills, but the "no budget, no pay act should be enforced. I would also suggest two additional items: 1: Eliminate any and all loopholes that allows them to work around this mandate. 2: If the budget is not met, they should be held accountable. There needs to be consequences for their poor performance.
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    If everyone else in the USA has to work then Congress should be working too!! I don't get 6-8 weeks off to do nothing but collect a paycheck and talk to the elite! Enough is enough! Time We The People start demanding accountability for Congress and have them start term limits no more than 2 terms and your out and you go back to work like the rest of us!
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    Even that is not enough. How about reducing the debt?!
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    This wouldn't help establish a balance budget but it would be a step in the right direction of a hard and grilling path. Work on a way to establish a new gold standard and audit the fed
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    They are literally employees, they must do their jobs
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    In order to balance the budget, either taxes would have to be raised significantly and funding for social programs would have to be cut. Both of which Americans don't want to happen. So forcing a balanced budget would have severe negative effects on the economy.
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    Congress takes far too many vacations as it is. They certainly shouldn't be taking one while there is still something so important to do.
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    No this is all just nonsense - get back to governing. The budget hasn't been consistently balanced since Andrew Jackson. Stop the nonsense.
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    Congress should take a 2 year vacation. Don't we have enough rules and regulations already?
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    I think this is just a red herring. Should you not be allowed to take any vacation until you have your mortgage paid off? If we need to reduce the deficit we just need to spend less. The republicans have enough of a grip on both house and senate to be able to block any bill they want to. All they have to do is choose not to spend more money than they have and the budget would be balanced. Which is why all of the uproar about raising the debt limit is just a bunch of political grandstanding. The debt limit is an artificial construction put in place only for the purpose of playing political games. If Congress doesn't want to spend the money, just don't pass the bills to spend to money. Where do they get off passing spending bills and then saying "no, we can't actually spend the money we already said we can spend." Either decide to spend money or decide not to spend money. Just don't do this ridiculous back-and-forth. Balance the budget by choosing not to pass spending bills. Choose not to "borrow" more than $xx by not agreeing to spend more than that. All of the finger-pointing is ridiculous, the political games each side plays to make it look like the "real" problem is with the other party - it's all just hot air designed to disguise the fact that we can't overspend without the consent of politicians in both major parties.
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    It creates an incentive to not have debate.
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    How would this be enforced? If you don't like the job your representatives are doing, petition and most importantly vote them out. We don't need another useless unenforceable law like no sneezing on a train to tell our reps to do their job. Use the more effective mechanisms in place.
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    A balanced budget isn't imperative to an economy based on credit.
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