Today, Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) issued this statement following House passage of No Budget, No Pay, which temporarily suspends the debt ceiling for four months with the requirement that members of Congress pass a budget or not be paid.
Congressman Tipton spoke on the House floor, yesterday, in favor of No Budget, No Pay. Watch his speech here.
“It’s been four long years since the last federal budget was passed. In that time our country has experienced prolonged economic uncertainty, high unemployment, and the largest increase in the national debt in history. The effect this has had on communities is apparent in my district where storefronts have closed along Main Street, and families have struggled to find work in regions where real unemployment is near 20 percent.
“The impact of Congress’s inability to get its fiscal house in order cannot be overstated when it comes to the role it plays in creating economic uncertainty and slowing job growth. While we have passed responsible budgets in the House since I’ve been in Congress, the Senate has refused to even discuss them or present an alternative. They’ve failed to do their job.
“If you fail to do your job in the private sector, you don’t get paid. The same should be true for Congress, and that’s what this commonsense bill does. It gives Congress three months to pass a budget or else members will not be paid. We cannot continue to raise the debt limit without serious spending cuts that put our country’s fiscal future on a sustainable course. I urge the Senate to join us in the House to pass a responsible budget. It’s our responsibility, and it’s our job.”