Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerCortez Masto named Dem Senate campaign chairwoman Nevada New Members 2019 Election Countdown: Lawsuits fly in Florida recount fight | Nelson pushes to extend deadline | Judge says Georgia county violated Civil Rights Act | Biden, Sanders lead 2020 Dem field in poll | Bloomberg to decide on 2020 by February MORE is linking a fight over passing an annual budget and spending bills to an energy funding bill being debated by the Senate. 

The Nevada Republican has filed his "no budget, no pay" legislation as an amendment to the energy and water appropriations bill, which Senate leadership is hoping to wrap up next week. 


Heller's proposal would block lawmakers from getting paid if they don't complete a budget and the 12 appropriations bills by Oct. 1, the start of a fiscal year.

The amendment comes after Heller sent a letter to Sens. Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziGOP nerves on edge after Sinema takes lead over McSally Jockeying already stepping up in House leadership fights Overnight Energy — Presented by Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance — Judge upholds Obama's marine monument | GOP lawmakers worried states using water rule to block fossil fuels | Lawmakers press Trump ahead of ethanol decision MORE (R-Wyo.) and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersAvenatti ‘still considering’ presidential run despite domestic violence arrest Sanders rolls out bill aimed at getting Walmart to raise wages Left wants a vote on single-payer bill in new Congress MORE (I-Vt.), the top members of the Budget Committee, to press them to support his separate legislation. Sanders is running for president as a Democrat.

Heller wrote in the letter that Washington should "no longer be a pain free zone" and that he believes his legislation will help spur the frequently stalled budget and appropriations process. 

"While I understand that some are hesitant to take such a bold initiative, I believe that there must be accountability for failing to do their jobs," he added. 

No vote has been scheduled on Heller's amendment.

It isn't the first time he's tried to get the proposal passed. He's repeatedly introduced the legislation since joining the Senate in 2011. 

But his latest push comes days after Republicans missed the April 15 deadline to pass a budget, with no sign that they'll take up the spending blueprint anytime soon. 

Asked about the Senate's plans earlier this month, Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenators introduce Trump-backed criminal justice bill On The Money: Senior GOP senator warns Trump against shutdown | Treasury sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | HQ2 deal brings new scrutiny on Amazon | Senate confirms Bowman to Fed board Senior GOP senator warns Trump against partial shutdown MORE (R-Ky.) told reporters that they would wait to see what the House does and in the mean time work on the appropriations bills.