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senate Bill S. 39

No Budget, No Pay: Holding Congressional Paychecks When They Can't Agree on a Budget

Argument in favor

If Congress can’t come to an agreement on one of their most essential responsibilities — funding the government — they don’t deserve to be paid on time.

Michael's Opinion
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01/10/2019
Senator Braun, Your bill is well meaning. However it should never come to this. Please do the Honorable and morally correct thing and vote to end this government stoppage. Think of the human misery everyone in the government is causing
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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05/12/2019
I’m in agreement......That if NO Work THEN NO Pay......Period. If Congress can’t come to an agreement on one of their most essential responsibilities — funding the government — they don’t deserve to be paid on time. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻NoPay👍🏻👍🏻. 5.12.19.....
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Bill's Opinion
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05/12/2019
While I appreciate the attempt, it’s too little and too late. Congress needs to be stripped of its ability to subjectively control its own compensation. Each state should form an article 5 convention and work with the other states to implement performance based (both short term and long term) benefit/compensation for congress. It makes absolutely no sense for legislators to make far more than 70% of Americans.
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Argument opposed

This bill is coercive and could force Congressional members to vote for legislation they don't fully agree with. Not every member in Congress is a millionaire.

burrkitty's Opinion
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05/12/2019
Better idea. Budget rolls over and we never have shut downs ever again. Congress can’t agree on a budget? We work off the old one until they do. No shutdowns, no missed paychecks. Seriously, there’s no need for all this grief. The last time that we had a full-on, real-life federal budget that was signed into law, it was 1997. Bill Clinton was president, and Newt Gingrich was speaker of the House (and only on his second wife). I couldn’t even vote yet. Everything since then has been continuing resolutions.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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05/12/2019
I like the idea behind No Budget No pay but feel in the long run this will be harmful to our government. This type of Republican bill disadvantages those in Congress who are not millionaires and could make them unable to serve. This would also chill the political ideas of those who wish to run in the future. I really believe this bill is a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing designed to stop progressives in Congress, forcing them to agree with bills they don’t like for the sake of their families, not constituents. Those people are paycheck bound unlike our Senior Senators who have made a profession of the job. We need to find a way to incentivize rather than punish. We need bipartisan approaches that don’t force a choice between family and new ideas. No on this bill. Sonia v keep your ads and scams to yourself! Thank you Countable for taking her down after I reported it!
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doingmypart's Opinion
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05/12/2019
How about holding Mitch McConnell accountable for not allowing a vote on anything Congress passes to the Senate! Corrupt lying piece of shit isn’t doing his job and needs to be fired.
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      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 8th, 2019

What is Senate Bill S. 39?

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.

In order to stay compliant with the 27th Amendment,  which limits Congress from changing compensation during a current session of Congress, this bill would take effect after February 21, 2021.

Impact

Members of Congress, payroll administrators for Congress, the Secretary of State, and the President.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 39

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable. However, a CBO estimate of a previous version of this bill found that implementation would not have a significant impact on the federal budget.

More Information

In-Depth: Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress to block lawmakers from receiving paychecks if Congress fails to pass a budget

“No budget, no pay is simply something we do to put some teeth into the fact that [the budget process] has become a circus annually. You’d be laughed out of Indiana if this was anything close to how we do things there. When you come from a place as an entrepreneur, as a business guy you be laughed at if or you would be run of out of business through the harsh rules for the marketplace if you ran a business, a school board, or a state legislature like you do here. You need to be collectively accountable, and here with one year’s warning, get a budget here, you should be forced to do so and go where it really hurts and do not receive a paycheck.”
Sen. Braun adds that this bill could help resolve the debt crisis by serving as "some sort of legislation or some sort of straightjacket that’s put on the [budget] process so [Congress] can’t keep maneuvering its way out of it.” In an interview with WJLA, Sen. Braun elaborated: 
"Those of us that are [in Congress] have to put our money where our mouth is and we cannot get so far away from regular order in running the biggest business in the world, the federal government in such a sloppy way. If you get to the new budget year and you do not have a budget in place, I don't think anybody that's here, that’s had a year to work on it should get a paycheck. And then I'm hoping in both the House and the Senate. This one to me would be a good bill and like I said, it's applicable to today's times because we're not getting budgets done."
Rep. Jim Cooper (R-TN), who's sponsoring a House version of this bill, adds that negative consequences force Congressional action
“Congress is the only place in America where you get paid for showing up but not doing your work. I would rather reward members for good behavior. But the reality is when you threaten members of Congress, Congress finds a way to do its job.”
Romina Boccia, director of the Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget at the Heritage Foundation, expressed her support for this bill in an op-ed in The Daily Signal
"[Sen. Braun's bill] is a promising proposal in that it would give lawmakers more of a stake in completing a successful budget process cycle. The last time lawmakers passed all 12 spending bills on time was in 1996... Most Americans have to perform at least the minimal requirements of their jobs if they want to get paid. The same should hold for lawmakers. That’s just fair... We must revive the federal budget process as a critical tool to accomplish fiscal discipline. The No Budget, No Pay Act introduced by Braun offers one promising path to incentivizing lawmakers to follow the law. At the very least, it might embarrass them when they have to go back to their district and explain why they failed to earn their paycheck this year."
This bill has 13 bipartisan Senate cosponsors, including nine Republicans and four Democrats. There's also a House version of this bill, introduced by Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) with the support of 20 bipartisan cosponsorsincluding 17 Democrats and three Republicans. 

Various members of Congress have attempted to pass similar bills stopping Congressional pay when budgets aren't passed in the past, but none of them have been enacted into law. 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 wouldn't get their paychecks unless each chamber passed a budget by April 15. However, that bill wasn't enacted as the two chambers never agreed on a unified budget resolution.


Of Note: Congress’ 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. In fact, in the four decades since the current system for budgeting and spending tax dollars has been in effect, Congress has passed all its required appropriations measures on time only four times: FY 1977 (the first full fiscal year under the current system), 1989, 1995 and 1997.

Some members of Congress' willingness 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 $67,000Given members of Congress are making over $170,000 a year, missing a few paychecks probably won't be the end of the world for them. 


AKA

No Budget, No Pay Act

Official Title

A bill to provide that Members of Congress may not receive pay after October 1 of any fiscal year in which Congress has not approved a concurrent resolution on the budget and passed the regular appropriations bills.

    Senator Braun, Your bill is well meaning. However it should never come to this. Please do the Honorable and morally correct thing and vote to end this government stoppage. Think of the human misery everyone in the government is causing
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    Better idea. Budget rolls over and we never have shut downs ever again. Congress can’t agree on a budget? We work off the old one until they do. No shutdowns, no missed paychecks. Seriously, there’s no need for all this grief. The last time that we had a full-on, real-life federal budget that was signed into law, it was 1997. Bill Clinton was president, and Newt Gingrich was speaker of the House (and only on his second wife). I couldn’t even vote yet. Everything since then has been continuing resolutions.
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    I like the idea behind No Budget No pay but feel in the long run this will be harmful to our government. This type of Republican bill disadvantages those in Congress who are not millionaires and could make them unable to serve. This would also chill the political ideas of those who wish to run in the future. I really believe this bill is a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing designed to stop progressives in Congress, forcing them to agree with bills they don’t like for the sake of their families, not constituents. Those people are paycheck bound unlike our Senior Senators who have made a profession of the job. We need to find a way to incentivize rather than punish. We need bipartisan approaches that don’t force a choice between family and new ideas. No on this bill. Sonia v keep your ads and scams to yourself! Thank you Countable for taking her down after I reported it!
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    I’m in agreement......That if NO Work THEN NO Pay......Period. If Congress can’t come to an agreement on one of their most essential responsibilities — funding the government — they don’t deserve to be paid on time. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻NoPay👍🏻👍🏻. 5.12.19.....
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    While I appreciate the attempt, it’s too little and too late. Congress needs to be stripped of its ability to subjectively control its own compensation. Each state should form an article 5 convention and work with the other states to implement performance based (both short term and long term) benefit/compensation for congress. It makes absolutely no sense for legislators to make far more than 70% of Americans.
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    How about holding Mitch McConnell accountable for not allowing a vote on anything Congress passes to the Senate! Corrupt lying piece of shit isn’t doing his job and needs to be fired.
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    This would force those in congress who’s salaries aren’t supplemented by corporate PACs and lobbyists to agree to budgets that help corporations over the American people.
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    It’s not just the fault of Congress if a budget is not passed; it’s also the Executive Branch. And, if they can’t come together, the budget won’t be immediately passed. This is not necessarily a bad thing. If we hold Congress accountable alone and hold their paycheck we push them into a position they have to agree to the president’s agenda or not get paid. It is a form of extortion. Obviously, this is a Republican bill trying to force Trump’s agenda (remember the wall) that is not what Democrats think is good for the country. If we want to elect politicians who are not rich we can’t extort them to get the executive branch’s budget passed. Trump is the one who last shut down the government at length; how are you planning on punishing him - not Congress?
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    It may sound good to not pay Congress when they can’t come up with a budget, but I think it will only rush budgets that are ultimately bad for our country. The act of compromise sometimes takes time.
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    Initially this sounds like the way to go. HOWEVER, this type of bill could lead to rushing to accept things that should not pass without further debate and compromise (thus affecting the American people). Furthermore, I feel it would limit the field of candidates that would run for the positions. Not everyone is a millionaire and personally I feel that more people in touch with real life should be making policy! Incentives should be offered instead of no pay.
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    Be careful. Smells swampy. Untrustworthy Russian Republicans are hell bent to push their Deranged Careless Cruel Agenda serving the Wealthiest in this country. I’m concerned about enabling Bully tactics. I’m concerned about emboldening defunding agencies. I’m concerned about vulnerable Americans.
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    Another shitty Republican idea. NOPE.
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    A bill long over due. Approving the budget is their number one priority. This is the closest we will get to a merit based action. Perhaps this will serve as the motivation for them to get their job done.
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    Amen to doingmypart’s comment. How can one piece of 💩, like McConnell, obstruct ANY piece of legislation he wants? WAY TOO MUCH POWER THERE! ONE THING THIS ADMINISTRATION AND THE REPUGNANTS HAVE SHOWN US IS THAT THERE IS TOO MUCH POWER ON ANY ONE INDIVIDUAL WHO HOLDS CERTAIN OFFICES IN OUR GOVERNMENT! THINGS NEED TO CHANGE BIG TIME! Another dumb Repugnant idea in order to force the junior members to vote their way! Do your damn jobs and work for the people, not the rich/corporations.
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    Yes. Accountability, responsibility, ethics, morals, empathy (for those lives that Republicans love to destroy).
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    How do you get paid for not working?
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    All I have to say is ITS ABOUT TIME. Let’s get this passed. DO YOUR JOB.
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    There will be disagreements often; especially when different parties control the House and Senate. Ramming a budget through without considering different priorities is not a good way of doing business. This must be a repugnican idea.
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    The problem with this bill is that many members of Congress can afford to forgo a few or even several paychecks since a lot of them are very wealthy while a select few who are not particularly wealthy and may need their pay will be ignored for the most part. If Congress can’t come to an agreement on the budget, the old budget adjusted for inflation should be automatically enacted until an agreement can be reached.
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    Trump is trying to end the government and all departments of government except the Pentagon. This is a dangerous move. Our politicians though currently half sold out to the Republican Party in the Senate may not be so when this takes effect in 2021 so we need them paid and working to pass good laws and info the havoc of the current kakistocracy we have now.
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