An interesting idea from the Office of U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud:
Congressman Mike Michaud has cosponsored a bill that would make sure members of Congress don’t get paid if they fail to pass a budget and appropriations bills on time. The “No Budget, No Pay Act” says that if Congress doesn’t pass its budget and all its appropriations bills by October 1st every year, then Congress doesn’t get paid. Retroactive pay isn’t an option under the bill.
“It’s sad that this bill is even needed, but Congress shouldn’t get paid if they can’t do their work,” said Michaud. “In this era of dysfunction in our nation’s capitol, this bill would at least put pressure on Congress to accomplish its most basic responsibilities.”
Over the past 36 years, Congress has passed its appropriations bills on-time only 4 times, and has failed to pass its appropriations bills on-time for the 15th straight year. The “No Budget, No Pay Act” was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Jim Cooper (D-TN) and in the Senate by Senator Dean Heller (R-NV).