WASHINGTON, DC -- Wednesday, January 23, the House voted to approve H.R. 325, No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013, a bill that would tie members' pay to passage of a budget by April 15. Failure to do so in either Chamber would result in the withholding of pay in that Chamber. Citing the need to force Senate Democrats to pass a budget for the first time in nearly four years, Rep. Hall (TX-04) voted in favor of the bill, which passed, 285-144, with 199 Republicans and 86 Democrats in favor.
"Basically, if we don't pass a budget, we don't get paid," Hall said. "While the House has passed a budget for four years, Senate Democrats have refused to do so. This is an effort to force Senate Democrats to act responsibly."
The bill also temporarily suspends the debt ceiling for four months, giving the House and Senate time to draft and pass a budget. "Speaker Boehner and House Leaders plan to pass a budget that balances over ten years - a serious effort to accomplish what every American family must do every year," said Hall.
"My constituents continue to demand significant spending cuts, and today's vote is the first step towards producing a balanced budget. This bill will force Senate Democrats and the White House to work with Republicans to achieve sound policies that address America's national debt and future economic prosperity.
"If we do not reduce the debt, we will burden future generations with limited economic growth, reduced opportunity, and a stagnant - if not lower - standard of living. These are harsh realities that must be met directly and seriously."