'No Budget, No Pay' To Fuel Congressional Budget Talks | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

'No Budget, No Pay' To Fuel Congressional Budget Talks

Play associated audio
Lawmakers won't get checks until they can pass a budget.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cloudsoup/217776387/
Lawmakers won't get checks until they can pass a budget.

The bill passed by the House to extend the nation's debt ceiling leaves in place steep budget cuts that could hurt the economy in the region. This time around, lawmakers hope a simple provision included in the bill will force a compromise: if there's no budget, lawmakers get their paychecks withheld.

"It's kind of a slick gimmick," says Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly, who supported the bill avoiding default.

But he says it's now up to Speaker Boehner to rally his troops behind a compromise measure redirecting hundreds of billions of dollars in scheduled budget cuts.

"So this is an unacceptable outcome," Connolly says. "I hope reasonable minds will prevail. We can't continue to kick the can down the road. And it's time for folks around here on a bipartisan basis to step up to their adult responsibilities on behalf of the country."

Virginia Republican Scott Rigell was one of the first congressmen to support "No Budget, No Pay." He says that provision will help House Republicans make targeted spending cuts, because they'll have a negotiating partner.

"The Senate will have a lot more incentive to pass a budget and indeed the House will," Rigell says. "This provides some clarity as to where the two stand with respect to where we ought to go as the American people with respect to our budget."

The Senate still needs to vote to extend the debt ceiling. Then the battle over spending cuts will start all over again.

WAMU 88.5

Local Theaters Put 'The Interview' On The Marquee

A handful of theaters nationwide decided to show Sony's "The Interview," and there were several in the D.C. area.

NPR

What Would Jesus Drink? A Class Exploring Ancient Wines Asks

The details of wine and winemaking practices in biblical times are debated among experts. But we do know that vino in Christ's day was very different from what we imbibe today.
NPR

Most Federal Workers Get Day After Christmas Off

Thanks to an executive order signed by President Obama, most federal workers are off on Friday. The cost for the extra day off is $660 million — for a day of payroll and holiday premium pay costs.
NPR

Sony Hack Highlights The Global Underground Market For Malware

The software used in the Sony data breach is available on the underground market. This makes it easier for criminals to execute an attack but harder to identify the perpetrators.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.