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It seems your U.S. House of Representatives finally got their act together and decided to put a little skin in the game. A bipartisan majority has passed the "No budget, No Pay" bill (HR 325). It is legislation that would withhold the pay of members of Congress if they fail to pass a budget.
"No Budget, No Pay" directs both the House and Senate to pass budget resolutions by April 15, 2013. If either fails to pass a budget in that time, members of that body would have their paychecks withheld until one is passed. The bill now heads to the U.S. Senate.
Folks, this seems like a no brainer to me and probably to just about everyone else outside the beltway, but we need to make sure we give credit where credit is due. We need Congress to get our fiscal house in order and we shouldn't be paying our congressmen for work not done. This is just a first step, but a step in the right direction none the less. Let's hope the Senate can keep this progress moving forward.