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January 23, 2013

No budget, no pay

Filed under: Issues,Politics — Mike Kueber @ 11:06 pm
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A few days ago, I submitted an idea to the Op-Ed people at the New York Times.  My idea was that every two years the American voters should be given the opportunity to cut congressional pay in the likely event that we were dissatisfied with congressional performance.

Today, amazingly, the Republicans and a significant number of Democrats in the House of Representatives approved a bill that will not merely cut, but rather will stop congressional pay unless both houses of Congress approve budget blueprints by April 15.  Fiscal cliffs and sequesters are nothing compared to going without a paycheck. 

This sounds too good to be true, and on closer review, I noticed that the bill doesn’t require that both houses approve the same blueprint.  So, we will likely have one blueprint by the Republican House and another by the Democratic Senate.  Plus, it appears the pay will be impounded until the end of the current session. 

But at least this is a start.

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