Members struggle to get hearing on bill punishing Congress for budget failure

So far, however, Cooper has been unable to get House Administration Committee Chairman Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) to hold a hearing on the bill, which has 19 co-sponsors.

On Feb. 1, Cooper wrote to Lungren asking for a hearing.

“Congress should be held accountable for not fulfilling its duties. Passing a budget and appropriations bills are basic responsibilities of Congress. However, Congress has not adopted a budget in more than 1,000 days. Since 1952, Congress has passed its appropriations bills on time only 4 times, and has failed to pass its appropriations bills on-time for the 15th straight year,” Cooper wrote.

Lungren’s office referred calls on the matter to House Administration. The committee did not respond to requests for comment.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced last week that for the third straight year, the Senate will not pass a separate budget resolution. Reid argued that the August debt-ceiling deal constitutes a budget since it sets the level of spending for 2013 already.

Even though the bill threatening lawmakers’ own wallets has stalled, other budget reform measures are moving.

The House last week took up and passed two other budget reform measures that would change the way that the Congressional Budget Office scores bills. This week it will take up a bill giving the president greater powers to request appropriated spending be rescinded.