Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play 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 EnziThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the National Shooting Sports Foundation - CDC news on gatherings a step toward normality Lummis adopts 'laser eyes' meme touting Bitcoin Senate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes MORE (R-Wyo.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Yellen touts 'whole-of-economy' plan to fight climate change | Senate GOP adopts symbolic earmark ban, digs in on debt limit GOP lawmaker demands review over FBI saying baseball shooting was 'suicide by cop' House Dems to unveil drug pricing measure ahead of Biden package 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 McConnellWhen it comes to Georgia's voting law, keep politics out of business Pelosi to offer even split on 9/11-style commission to probe Capitol riot Senate GOP crafts outlines for infrastructure counter proposal 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.