Congressman Mark Meadows

Representing the 11th District of North Carolina

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Meadows, House Republicans Pass No Budget, No Pay Legislation

Jan 23, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representative Mark Meadows (NC-11) released the following statement today after supporting H.R. 325, The No Budget, No Pay Act. This bill requires the House and Senate to each pass a budget within 90 days.  If legislators fail, their pay will be withheld.  
 
“As a small business owner, the concept of running a business without a budget is a recipe for failure.  Operating without a budget for nearly four years, our federal government has continued to run up our nation’s credit cards on the backs of hardworking taxpayers.  It is not surprising that at nearly $16.5 trillion, America’s debt has grown twice as fast under President Obama as it did under President Bush.
 
“‘In 2006, then-Senator Obama said that, ‘the fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.’ I agree with that statement, and that is why I supported the No Budget, No Pay Act today.  Washington must be made accountable to hardworking taxpayers, and that starts with a budget. If Senate Democrats cannot do their jobs and pass a budget, then they do not deserve to get paid.  House Republicans have continued to show leadership by putting forth a responsible budget plan, and it is time for our colleagues in the Senate to do the same.”