Since December 2011, HB 3643, The No Budget No Pay Act, has been sitting in the Committee on House Administration. Its companion bill, S 1981, is sitting in the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and has been there since last March. We are now approaching mid-summer 2012. The fiscal year will close in two months and three weeks and Congress hasn’t passed a budget in over a thousand days.
What is Congress afraid of? Is Congress concerned that putting their heads together to craft an item that lays out our nation’s policies may result in an expected level of bipartisanship going forward? Is Congress afraid of being accountable?
HB 3643, S 1981, and the budget are both entitled to quick action. By delaying HB 3643 and failing to pass a budget, Congress clearly demonstrates why we need the No Budget No Pay Act.