Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, voted for H.R. 325, the “No Budget No Pay” Act of 2013. H.R. 325 passed by a vote of 285-144. This legislation temporarily raises the debt limit through May 18, 2013. In addition, the bill directs the Members of both the House and Senate to pass a FY 2014 budget resolution by April 15, 2013. If either chamber fails to do so, members of that chamber will have their pay put into an escrow account until a budget resolution is passed or the end of the 113th Congress.
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“Our question for the Senate over the 4 years since it last passed a budget has been simple: How is it possible to begin to restore fiscal responsibility to our federal government if we can’t even come up with a budget?” McKeon asked in a statement. “Congress has passed a budget every year and it is now time for the Senate to act. We have a debt and spending problem in Washington and we can’t begin to seriously solve this obvious crisis until we can come together and have a legitimate conversation about how we spend money. This bill extends the debt limit for 90 days and forces both chambers to pass a budget or not get paid as a result. Every individual, senior, college student, family and business understands the critical importance of a budget and the fact that Washington doesn’t adhere to the same common sense and fundamental principles is inexcusable. It is time to start living within our means and budgeting accordingly.”
Article Name: McKeon Votes to Raise Debt Ceiling Temporarily
Article Source: Santa Clarita News