Virginia Republican Wants To Tie Congress's Pay To Its Effectiveness | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Virginia Republican Wants To Tie Congress's Pay To Its Effectiveness

Play associated audio
 
Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) addresses reporters outside the Capitol with other members of the Fix Congress Now Caucus. 
 
Matt Laslo
  Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) addresses reporters outside the Capitol with other members of the Fix Congress Now Caucus.   

Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) is teaming up with some of his Democratic colleagues to try to reform Congress. 

Partisan bickering has kept the two parties from agreeing to a budget for the past three years. Rigell wants to change that by tying lawmakers' salaries to their ability to pass a budget. The "No Budget, No Pay Act" would cut off lawmakers' salaries if they can't agree to a budget by Oct. 1 of each year. 

Speaking in front of the Capitol this week, Rigell bemoaned the gridlock in  D.C.

"This beautiful institution behind us is truly dysfunctional," Rigell said. "Though it has the appearance of beauty on the outside, inside it s not working." 

Rigell and a bipartisan group of nine of his colleagues have formed the  Fix Congress Now Caucus. In addition to trying to get a budget passed annually, the group is attempting to bring more comity to Washington, he says.

"We do need to kind of … slug it out, in the best sense of the phrase," Rigell said. "But we do that in a respectful, civil way, and that is not the case here so often. And we want to change that." 

Rigell seems to have an uphill battle convincing the rest of his state's delegation to tie their salaries to their performance though; so far, the only other Virginian to sign onto the effort is Rep. Robert Hurt R. 

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Oct. 23

You can see a play and hear music made famous by film.

NPR

Bring Home A Taste Of Paris The Easy Way With French Bistro Brisket

Chef Steven Raichlen says slow cooking can transform beef brisket from a dry, tough cut of meat into something "incredibly rich and soulful."
NPR

In North Carolina, Latino Voters Could Decide Tight Senate Race

Latinos make up 9 percent of the state's population and 2 percent of registered voters, and a new poll shows many are undecided. In Charlotte, Michel Martin learns more about their growing influence.
NPR

Please Do Not Leave A Message: Why Millennials Hate Voice Mail

"When it comes to voice mail, they're just over it," says Jane Buckingham, a trend expert. But it's still important at work, so younger generations will have to learn what to do after the beep.

Leave a Comment

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