January 29, 2013
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RSC Update: No Budget, No Pay
From the Chairman
American families and businesses put together a budget each and every year, but for the last four years the Senate has refused to live by those same standards. It’s not only irresponsible - it’s also illegal. Yet the Senate has simply ignored the law for the last four years. In order to preserve the American Dream for future generations, Washington must stop the budget gimmicks and rein in the out of control spending that is killing American jobs and placing an unbearable mountain of debt on the backs of our children and grandchildren. It is long-past time that the Senate pass a budget as required by law. It is time to put American families first by moving the federal government towards a budget that balances within the next ten years.
Last week, the House, with the collaboration of the RSC, took the first step in halting Washington’s spending addiction by voting for H.R. 325 (“No Budget, No Pay”), which places Members’ salaries in escrow after April 15th until they pass a budget. “No Budget, No Pay,” will force the Senate to do its job and craft a budget for the first time in four years. Since regaining control of the House of Representatives two years ago, House Republicans have passed a budget each year, but because of the Senate’s lack of action, American families have suffered.
“No Budget, No Pay,” was the first of many steps to put us on a path to a balanced federal budget within 10 years, but it is certainly not our last step. We must do more. Entitlement spending is out of control, accounting for about 60% of federal outlays, and we will never get our debt crisis under control until we tackle serious entitlement reform. To add insult to injury, the liberals’ tax, spend and regulate approach is killing our small businesses and American jobs, further jeopardizing our ability to create economic growth for our country. Washington’s old way of operating by spending now and sending the bill to our kids is over, and I am proud of the work we just started to make Washington tighten its belt so we can get our economy back on track and preserve the American Dream for the next generation.
Congressman Steve Scalise
Chairman, Republican Study Committee
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Republican Study Committee Update: No Budget, No Pay
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