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To Whip Congress Into Shape, Withhold Their Pay

FISA spying Clinton funded dossier seniors medical testing AMAC town hall swing steele dossier socialist revolution looming AMAC congressMany lawmakers seem to think they deserve a pay raise.

When House Democrats and Republicans began negotiating a congressional pay increase earlier this month, Democrats seemed to support it, as did some ranking GOP members. Critics then voiced open opposition, and House leaders swiftly pulled the bill—though House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., maintains the raises will eventually pass.

The debate has subsided for the moment, but it raises the question: What have members of Congress done to even remotely deserve a raise?

The Democrat-controlled House Budget Committee, for its part, has failed to release a budget plan this year. The Senate Budget Committee fell short as well, proposing a budget that would cover just five years and that has little chance of receiving a vote.

Passing budgets is Congress’ most basic job, yet for years the process has broken down, resulting in semi-annual omnibus bills and continuing resolutions that spend far too much.

Until Congress starts consistently doing its job—namely, following the annual budget process by passing a budget and then pursuing reconciliation legislation—it shouldn’t even consider raising lawmakers’ pay.

What can be done to help this happen?

The first step is to create robust enforcement measures that give Congress a strong incentive to follow its own budget process laid out by law.

One such measure already exists. Recently, Sens. Mike Braun, R-Ind., and Rick Scott, R-Fla., introduced the No Budget, No Pay Act, which would withhold congressional pay if lawmakers fail to pass a budget by the Oct. 1 deadline, which marks the beginning of the next fiscal year.

That bill was attached to the Government Shutdown Accountability Act, which passed out of committee on June 19, bringing it one step closer to becoming law.

Braun called the move a “big step toward pulling Washington out of la-la land,” and Scott added that the act would hold members of Congress to the same standards as American families, ensuring that lawmakers only get paid if they do their jobs. Scott was optimistic about getting Democratic support for the bill, noting that “accountability shouldn’t be controversial.”

Another accountability measure was introduced by Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa. Her bill would prohibit Congress from going into recess until a budget is passed.

Under her proposal, if a budget isn’t passed on time, members of Congress would be barred from leaving Washington and Congress would not be able to adjourn for more than eight hours.

These are healthy steps toward holding Congress accountable to do its most basic job. They are measures The Heritage Foundation has called for in the “Blueprint for Balance,” which includes additional measures to compel Congress to follow the budget process.

Although politicians are wont to forget it, the budgeting process isn’t just a hobby horse for fiscal hawks. Article I of the Constitution squarely gives Congress the obligation to regularly lay out the “Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money.”

Congress has proved more than willing to rack up trillions in new debt, but it lacks even the faintest motivation to account for its reckless and decadent spending habits.

So long as that’s the case, Americans should question not only whether lawmakers deserve a pay raise, but whether they should be paid at all—let alone remain in office.

After all, American workers can’t expect to keep their jobs and get paid if they consistently fail at their main task.

Politicians should not be held to a lower standard than the people they represent.

Active and vigilant measures like the “no budget no pay” rule would take a significant step toward forcing members of Congress to do their jobs and to govern with discipline.

No budget for America? No pay for you.

Reprinted with permission from - The Daily Signal - by Justin Bogie and Benjamin Paris

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Lois Boyer
2 years ago

I agree, why should the legislators get a pay raise and seniors take a cut or don’t get a raise, when they are not doing the job we elected them to do? I think there should be a time limit on the length of time they can serve also. Why should they be treated like Royalty and the rest of us like Peasants?

NTB
2 years ago

For too long we have given card blanch to Congress. We have allowed them to do as they will and now it is high time we begin discilpling them like you would an errant child. It is our fault we have allowed this to happen. We have been absentee parents. We must take back control now. They work for us and it’s time they are reminded of that fact.

Steve H.
2 years ago

If I don’t do the job I was hired and get paid to do, I lose my job. Congress? They get paid (a lot of money) but don’t have to do their job. Enough is enough. We the people need to step up and be heard!

Glenn Filer
2 years ago

Congress’s job performance is unacceptable. Every democrat should be fired. The remaining representatives should receive a stipend for only the time they are in session. It is obscene to pay them six figure salaries. Turning our nation’s representatives into professional politicians was not what our founding fathers had in mind.

Bob
2 years ago

Underworked and way overpaid now. If they worked in the private sector, they would have been fired long ago. Once elected they seem to have a lock on the job, and demand pay increases. They need to have term limits imposed on them and their pay should be commensurate with their performance, and terminate them if they don’t reach goals.

Marie Noury
2 years ago

They definitely should never be allowed to give themselves raises. That’s what obummer did in October of 2016. He gave himself a $500,000.00 raise, that he definitely did not deserve.

The OLD Warhorse
2 years ago

I don’t mind them leaving town; as Bob Hope used to say, “Congress is adjourned, the Republic is safe”. That said, I support, wholeheartedly, the provision that IF they do not do their basic job of appropriating monies and establishing a budget, they don’t get paid. I would also add all those swamp dwelling Government Employees other than uniformed military. No budget, no pay. Watch how fast that would get action. I wonder if the President could do an Executive Order and withhold the pay from Congress until a budget is passed?

Jim
2 years ago

What truly needs to be done is this::d: Reduce their pay to what the average American makes. Install term limits. Require them to retire on SS or a retirement they pay for rather than being paid their full pay for life. And remove most of the perks they have. Then we will see if they really care about this country or not.

Ed Curtis
2 years ago

Let’s see. Just how many jobs are you aware of where committees of your fellow workers (and I use the term “workers” loosely) get to determine their own salary, health care, retirement package, number of yearly vacation days, and more. I think it would be safe to say that, unless you own your own company, none of you reading this have that luxury.
I have advocated for years for a oversight committee of just every day citizens should be handling this ((these) chore(s). Many of our current representatives in the House and Senate only show up for less than half of the sessions.

All of this considered, maybe this should be a part time job like our founding fathers had in mind, no better health care than the voters, no retirement funding except out of their very own pocket, no vacation time (don’t need it – it’s only a part time job for 6 months (or less) out of the year. No more flying first class, coach only and an expense account only for things needed to do their job.

One other caveat, any representative not doing his job of representing the desires of his constituents will summarily be terminated by the people who voted him/her into office.

You and I know this would never happen because the people passing these desires are the same ones they would apply to. I know, I am but a dreamer; Such a shame.

ahem tonto
2 years ago

Term limit of four years would aid in controlling Congress and their egregious ways.

Jlbostian
2 years ago

Great idea! It’s about time Congress was held accountable for their “ Let them eat cake” attitude. They should not be allowed to accept money or gratuities from lobbyists-it’s the same as accepting bribes. They were elected to represent their constituents, not to pad their bank accounts and grow rich.

Gary L. Hahn
2 years ago

I think they should work more days without breaks. We need a 2 year term limit on all of them. The insurance provided to them must be the same as ours and the pension the same. All benefits dropped after they have reached the term limit. I also think that the Social Security Fund needs to be replenished with the money they used for other purposes. No Social Security funds should be used except to benefit those that have paid into Social Security. We would not have the problem that exists. Most that paid into Social Security have died before they received all of their benefits. Where did that money go? No immigrants will receive Social Security benefits until they become a legal citizen, speak our language fluently in this Country and have worked to pay into Social Security as we all have done. Enough is enough.

chaly
2 years ago

The current Congress, especially the DNC’ommunist side, is a disgrace to government. Now they are going at it again with a special scam about collusion, etc.! This dem congress is the most embarrassing one in my memory and that goes back to 1940. They will go on recess for weeks or months, go on around the world trips, take bribes from the wealthy donors and for what, to avoid doing their jobs and that is to help improve this country for their citizens. Where are the democrats who value our country and our society? I was told when I decided to vote my first time and believed the fake news then that Goldwater would start a war. I voted instead for the most worthless president ever, Johnson! Then I was told that democrats are either born stupid or they work on it their whole lives. Makes more sense to me the older I get. Term limits is the only answer I see on the table! There is a real positive here and that is there would be no pensions to give out after two terms maximum. Just two terms and take a hike!

CHERYL FITZGERALD
2 years ago

I agree…
How can we help make this a reality.

Mary
2 years ago

All 535 go home permanently. Start with a new batch. They have one 6 year term and then they go home. No pensions and health care for life.

Jeanne
2 years ago

They haven’t earned a raise. They are not working for the people. Quite a few should be voted out including AOC, Omar, and Tlaib. All are trouble makers and hate Americans.

Donna Hatten
2 years ago

I would like to see the names of the republicans who wanted a pay increase.

Barbara Lynch
2 years ago

In the real world if you don’t do your job you get fired. Anyone who doesn’t do their job should not get paid that goes for all politicians!

Raymond
2 years ago

For what they do . . . a Pay Raise???????????????????

Linlee
2 years ago

I am glad to see these bills! It’s about time they all have the same standards as every other Americans. They are paid too much for their job as it is! They are all living on the backs of all of us who have really had to work hard for every cent we earned. They have too cushy jobs and don’t really care about the peop!e who have to sacrifice for them to make big bucks! The democraps are a bunch of losers who are too old and dumb to really run our country! They are so corrupt and soon the truth will be out on all of them! MAGA

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