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Should Congress Be Denied Paychecks Until It Passes a Budget?

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the "No Budget, No Pay" bill that also extended the nation's debt ceiling for another three months.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the "No Budget, No Pay Act," which would require Congress to pass a budget to continue getting their own paychecks.

U.S. Rep. Tom Price, a Republican who represents Northeast Cobb, said in a news release Wednesday that passage of H.R. 325 shows the urgency of the nation's financial problems.

“It has been 1,365 days since the U.S. Senate last passed a budget. If families and businesses must adhere to a budget, why shouldn’t the U.S. government? House Republicans have done our job year after year – putting forth a bold, responsible plan to correct the nation’s fiscal course. We will do so again this year with a plan that will come to balance within 10 years," said Price, who is married to Roswell City Councilwoman Betty Price. 

“By passing ‘No Budget, No Pay’ today we underscore the utter urgency with which lawmakers should approach America’s compounding fiscal problems," he said.

The measure was added to a bill that extends the debt ceiling for another three months.

Marlene Mitchell January 24, 2013 at 12:57 PM
Obama threatened the military and those on SS to withhold their money. He said it was the top two on his hit list that will not receive anything if things don't go his way. Last I checked it wasn't the military nor those on SS that got us into the mess it was the politicians. So, YES!, they all should have their pay withheld until they do what they were elected for. ...and that includes any benefits also.
lizzy January 24, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Not just denied a paychk but also a major paycut!!!!
Ari Asulin January 24, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Marlene where on earth did you get that one
April Schaal January 24, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Marlene nothing you said is based in fact
randall January 24, 2013 at 05:13 PM
YES. !
Julia Faith January 24, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Marlene, you quite obviously did not watch nor listen to any news nor speeches. Ignorance is not bliss, or informed.
Brian Cook January 24, 2013 at 05:17 PM
I strongly support a no pay policy if the budget is not passed. It is insane to pay elected officials public money to do nothing but argue. But also remember if the will of the people is not being acknowledged,then there is a price to pay on election day!!!!
Roy McIntyre January 24, 2013 at 05:19 PM
By not paying them they would only find a way to make the people they represent suffer.
Walter Slugg January 24, 2013 at 05:20 PM
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20078789-503544/obama-says-he-cannot-guarantee-social-security-checks-will-go-out-on-august-3/
Todd Eastman January 24, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Marlene, what Obama did was warn of the ramifications. That is not the same thing as threatening. Threatening implies an ability to take unilateral action, which he can't do. I heard the speech. Did you listen to the speech, or are you regurgitating what someone else told you? I don't think withholding their pay is enough. If congress can't do their jobs, they should be fined or penalized.
mark young January 24, 2013 at 05:21 PM
I. Think they should do.without their pay.it should be a honor to service our country
Walter Slugg January 24, 2013 at 05:23 PM
This is where Obama threatens SS so yes it is based on fact if needed will find the article that says millitary will not get paid...
m.Elliott January 24, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Just give them NO PAYCHECK!!!!!! AND LET BE POOR FOR 2 or 3 months. And you wander how The poor people survive on a monthly paychecks .....Mikey
Julie Lester January 24, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Amen Mark! I have yet to hear of any elected officials offer to take a pay cut or give up pay or benefits in order to help alleviate the budget problem. Almost without exception elected officials came to government from other well paying careers and some even still receive pay from those careers! Historically the founding fathers saw SERVICE to there country as an honor and a duty not as a means for personal profit and gain! Thomas Jefferson is one example who served faithfully yet died on poverty! Not that I am suggesting that but let those in power be the example of sacrifice and service rather than the cause of more unbridled spending and debt! Those of us paying their salary have to live on a budget it's time they got it together stop catering to special interests who wine and dine them and see what it's like for their constituents! YES, by all means let them do without pay until they come to some workable solution or get out and let somebody who can take their place!
Albert Banales January 24, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Paycheck smaycheck, a point system for re-election. Get-em where it hurts.
seymore dongs January 24, 2013 at 05:51 PM
All you damn takers in america we need more makers! And for old people to die and quit wasting our ss and medicare. May be if you lived a healthier life you wouldn't be in your current situation staring death in the face. Sincerely your friends, The 1 percenters
seymore dongs January 24, 2013 at 06:03 PM
So julia faith are you the almighty all knowing of everything? And do you reallly believe everything you hear from crooked politicians either or quit throwin stones. puting people down on here does nothing but make you look selfish, and they call my generation the me generation. People are entitled to there opinion, nothing else. So respect that
Brian Cook January 24, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Symore Dongs you are a very sick person to disrespect elderly citizens with your twisted thinking. I warn everyone to watch out for this person he might harm his mom dad aunt uncle or anybody's grandmother. Just so you make a dollar, you telling elderly people to die??? How dare you talk about people 's health issues. You are not God and nowhere near sainthood.
Brian Cook January 24, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Symore Dongs you are not affiliated with any reputable political organization. You a individual whose platform issues are moot and have no substance.
stupid January 25, 2013 at 01:38 AM
Yes our Federal Government, they should all go under payroll cuts also, if we as citizens have too, from the President on down, all need to have payroll Deductions.

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