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No budget = No pay

U. S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, backed a plan today that would keep members of Congress from getting paid until they passed a budget

The No Budget, No Pay Act requires Congress pass a budget by its April 15 deadline or else the pay of members will be withheld until the budget passes. The act, which passed with bipartisan support today, would also allow the country to put off dealing with the national debt limit until May.

“This bill is a responsible step forward that takes the threat of default on our debt, and subsequent economic chaos, off the table through May 18," Gibson said in a statement.

"This allows us the time address our nation’s spending in a meaningful way. It also implements a quite simple and a long overdue reform" he said. "It is unacceptable for the Senate to have been unable to achieve this commonsense first step in fiscal responsibility in nearly four years. A budget is not the long-term panacea to our country’s fiscal crisis, but it is a starting point for negotiations."

Gibson added that the projected spending of the federal government demanded a drastic change.

“In an era of divided government, I believe a plan modeled after the Simpson Bowles Deficit Reduction Commission is a reasonable approach both parties can get behind," Gibson said. "It is my hope that the President changes the confrontational tone he has adopted in recent weeks and comes to the table, with the Senate, to do what is right for our country."

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