This bill — the No Budget, No Pay Act — would withhold the paychecks of members of Congress from whichever chamber (the House or the Senate, or both) that can't agree on a federal budget by the start of the corresponding fiscal year on October 1. The payroll administrator for the chamber that can't agree on a budget would put the paychecks of those members of Congress into an escrow account. There would be no retroactive pay for lawmakers for the period in which a budget hadn't been adopted.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The house has not voted
- The senate has not voted
Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental AffairsIntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2017
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What is it?
In-Depth: In 2013, both the Senate and the House passed a version of this bill, as part of a plan to suspend the debt limit. Under that measure, lawmakers would not get their paychecks unless each chamber passed a budget by April 15.
So why bother re-introducing this bill? That last bill never required both chambers to agree on a unified budget resolution.
This is all to say that when you're making over $170,000 a year, missing a few paychecks probably won't be the end of the world for you.
Congress’s inability to come to an agreement on a budget has highlighted the disconnect between those in Washington D.C. and those outside the Beltway. For families and business owners, establishing a budget is a routine procedure, yet between April 29, 2009 and March 24, 2013 the Senate did not pass a budget.
The willingness of members of Congress to delay their own paychecks has also emphasized the divide. For a member of Congress the minimum salary is currently $174,000, and the median income for Americans is just over $43,000. In 2011, the median net worth for a member of Congress was $966,000, while the typical household net worth for Americans as a whole is under $67,000.