The first part of the “No Budget, No Pay” strategy is to suspend the debt limit through May 19, 2013 with no spending cuts. It seems Republicans have decided not to leverage the debt limit to achieve real reforms. In lieu of cuts, the bill will contain language stating that the Senate must pass a budget or not be paid. This sounds strong, but there will be no clause stating that the Senate budget must place us on a path to fiscal responsibility. Nor will there be a clause stating that the Senate budget must be reconciled with the House budget. This is seemingly just a ploy.
Found at Maggie's Notebook, this is the partial response of Rep. Jim Bridenstone to HR325. The rest is at the link. On the other hand, my representative, Tim Griffin, who got elected partially due to showing up at TEA Party meetings costumed as a conservative has this to say;
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after House passage of the No Budget, No Pay Act (H.R. 325):
“President Obama’s allies in the Senate haven’t passed a budget in nearly four years. Arkansans know that budgets make you prioritize where you put your money, and that if you don’t do your job, you shouldn’t be paid for it. I agree, and that’s why I support this common-sense step to bringing Washington’s spending under control and preventing America’s looming debt crisis and credit rating downgrade.”
Griffin cosponsored similar No Budget, No Pay legislation in the previous Congress.
Sadly, it has reached the point that Mr. Griffin's office no longer even bothers to acknowledge my calls and emails. Wonder why?