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Congressman Rob Woodall

Representing the 7th District of Georgia

Rep. Woodall Statement on "No Budget, No Pay"

January 23, 2013
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Representative Rob Woodall issued the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 325, “The No Budget, No Pay Act”:

“Every family in America knows that when times are tough, the only way to pay all of your bills is to sit around the table and make a budget, prioritizing those expenses that are the most important and reducing those expenses that are less so.  For the federal government to pay its bills, it too needs a budget, and since 1974, federal law has required the House and Senate to pass a budget each year.  As a member of the House Budget Committee, I am proud that the House has met its obligation throughout my first term in Congress, yet the Senate has ignored that law for almost four years.  As America faces its largest budget crisis in modern times, it is operating without any budget plan whatsoever.  That doesn’t just violate common sense; it violates federal law and must stop.”

“While the 1974 law requiring budgets didn’t have any teeth, today we passed ‘No Budget, No Pay,’ which withholds Congressional pay for all members of a chamber of Congress until that chamber passes a budget.  I don’t expect the Senate to agree with me on all policy, but I do ask that the Senate do its job.”