GOP senator calls on Reid, McConnell to take up No Budget, No Pay Act

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"Each of the budgets slated for a vote this week faces substantial opposition from Members of whatever party did not introduce that particular budget," Heller writes in the letter sent Monday to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). "These budgets are being brought up in order to fail," Heller writes in the letter. "In this light, the American people do not believe this week’s budget debate will be serious. They know the Senate is not going to adopt a budget."

Legislators are not paid if they pass a concurrent budget resolution after Oct. 1 of each fiscal year, notes Heller.

"My legislation calls on the House and Senate to pass a concurrent budget resolution and all regular appropriations bills before the beginning of each fiscal year," Heller writes. "Failure to do so would result in the loss of pay until we take our jobs seriously and make these bills our legislative priority. The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 already requires Congress to pass a budget by April 15; my bill simply creates an enforcement mechanism to further encourage Members of Congress to do their constitutional duty."

Heller asks the leaders to include his legislation in a roll-call vote on the 2013 budget.

"The American people are increasingly losing confidence in Congress’ ability to deliver solutions, and we must respond," Heller adds in the letter. "For this reason, I urge you to include a roll call vote on the No Budget, No Pay Act in the unanimous consent agreement for consideration of the fiscal year 2013 budgets."

Read the letter below:


Heller letter on No Budget, No Pay Act