(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) issued this statement after Congress failed to avoid a government shutdown:
“It is extremely unfortunate that Congress was unable to make the tough decisions necessary to avert a government shutdown. This sort of governing by crisis is irresponsible, and Washington cannot continue down this reckless path.
“The only reason we are in this situation is due to Washington’s inability to produce a long-term budget and pass all appropriations bills, which is why I introduced ‘No Budget, No Pay.’ No question, failed leadership and a crippling inability to come to an agreement are shared failures by both parties,” said Senator Dean Heller.
In April 2013, after both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate passed their own budgets, Heller wrote a letter to the Chairman and Chairwoman of the House of Representatives and Senate Budget Committees urging them to go to conference. In the letter, which you can read here, Heller asked both chambers to come together and agree on a final, bicameral budget resolution.
Heller reintroduced “No Budget, No Pay” in the 113th Congress on January 23, 2013. This version of “No Budget, No Pay” requires both chambers of Congress to pass a concurrent budget resolution and all appropriations bills by the beginning of any fiscal year in order to receive pay. Congress adopted a version of “No Budget, No Pay” at the end of January. That measure did not require the House and Senate to go to conference or pass any of their appropriations bills.