Dear [member of Congress],
Deciding how much money the government takes in and how much it spends is one of the most fundamental responsibilities of Congress. To do this job responsibly, you need a budget and framework to determine spending. But only four times in the past 60 years has Congress passed a concurrent budget resolution and all spending bills necessary to fund the government on time.
When Congress can't even meet the simple deadlines it sets for itself, it harms the American people's trust in the institution.
That is why I am asking you to support No Budget, No Pay, which will be voted on in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, January 23. I ask this not only as one of your constituents but as a supporter of No Labels, a grassroots movement of hundreds of thousands of Democrats, Republicans and independents dedicated to bringing a new attitude of problem solving back to Washington.
No Budget, No Pay simply states that if members of Congress canĺt pass a budget on time, they should not be paid.
I strongly urge you to co-sponsor this important proposal, authored in the last Congress by Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) and Representative Jim Cooper (D-TN) and supported by a list of 90+ lawmakers in both houses of Congress.
It's a common-sense proposal, endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans, that can make our government work better. I urge you not to let politics get in the way of problem solving -- please consider supporting No Budget, No Pay.