Dr. Benishek: “The Time To Pass A Budget Is Now”

Jan 23, 2013 Issues: Budget and Spending, Economy and Jobs

WASHINGTON, DC:  Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) today voted in support of “No Budget, No Pay,” a bill that will require both Houses of Congress to pass a federal budget or else members of both the Senate and House will not be paid.

“The best way to address our nation’s debt crisis is to enact a federal budget that cuts spending.  The House has been responsible and passed budget plans the last two years that put this county on a path toward balanced budget.  In contrast, the Senate has not passed a budget in almost four years,” said Dr. Benishek, a general surgeon serving in his second term in Congress. 

The “No Budget, No Pay” legislation provides a temporary extension of the federal debt limit while requiring the Senate and House of Representatives to pass a federal budget plan.  If no budget is agreed to by April 15, 2013, Members of Congress in both House and Senate will stop receiving paychecks.  The Democratic-controlled Senate has failed to pass a budget for 1,363 days—or just under four years.  Budget proposals have been passed in the House in both 2011 and 2012, but those budgets were never considered or debated in the Senate.    

“Congress has a constitutional responsibility to outline how it will spend precious taxpayer dollars.  This is the job the American people elect their representatives to do and if they cannot get the job done they shouldn’t get paid.  It’s as simple as that,” added Dr. Benishek.  

“Moms and dads in Northern Michigan sit down and plan out their family budgets all the time. They expect Washington to do the same.  Now is the time for the Senate to finally start doing its job.  Frankly, our children and grandchildren’s futures depend on it,” stated Dr. Benishek.

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