Wittman Introduces Legislation to Ensure Congressional Accountability

From the office of Congressman Rob Wittman:

Congressman Rob Wittman, R-1st, today introduced two pieces of legislation as part of his ongoing efforts to increase accountability in congressional operations. The No Budget, No Pay Act would prohibit members of the House or Senate from receiving pay if their respective chamber does not pass a budget by April 15, 2015. The Stay on Schedule (S.O.S) resolution changes congressional procedures to prohibit the House from taking an August recess unless it has passed all regular appropriations bills by July 31.

“The American public has signaled time and time again that it is frustrated with Washington, and I am eager to continue my efforts to increase transparency and fix our broken budget process,” Wittman said. “For too long, Congress has failed to fund the federal government in a responsible, long-term manner, and I have consistently argued that Congress should return to doing business on schedule and end the current cycle of crisis management with stop-gap budget measures.”

The No Budget, No Pay Act would prohibit the members of the House or Senate from receiving pay if their respective chamber has not passed a concurrent resolution on the Fiscal Year 2016 budget by April 15, 2015. The S.O.S. resolution would amend House procedural rules to prohibit the House of Representatives from adjourning for the August recess unless it has passed each of the 12 regular appropriation bills for that fiscal year by July 31. A regular appropriation bill is any annual spending bill which is under the jurisdiction of a single subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee.

“These two pieces of legislation will ensure that Congress is accountable to the people,” Wittman continued. “They are simple, commonsense initiatives that will allow our nation’s elected leaders to show their constituents that they are serious about getting the job done. I believe that they will help to restore regular order and provide certainty for our citizens. As I have said for years, Congress should pass budget resolutions on time and should remain in Washington until its work is complete, rather than recess for an unnecessary August vacation. The business of the nation must be done in a timely, responsible and transparent manner, and we owe it to the people we represent to take our constitutional duties seriously.”