BREAKING: Rep. Kevin Hern Introduces NEW LAW To WITHHOLD SALARIES OF CONGRESS UNLESS THEY PASS A BUDGET


By John Paluska, Founder of The Daily Fodder

Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK) has introduced a bill calling for a withholding of Congressional salaries unless they pass a budget. The money would be held in an escrow account only to be paid out once Congress agrees on a budget resolution. The bill is titled "Roadmap to Congressional Reform Act."

The bill states:

(a) Holding Salaries In Escrow.—

    (1) IN GENERAL.—If by April 15, 2021, a House of Congress has not agreed to a concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2022 pursuant to section 301 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, during the period described in paragraph (2) the payroll administrator of that House of Congress shall deposit in an escrow account all payments otherwise required to be made during such period for the compensation of Members of Congress who serve in that House of Congress, and shall release such payments to such Members only upon the expiration of such period.

    (2) PERIOD DESCRIBED.—With respect to a House of Congress, the period described in this paragraph is the period which begins on April 16, 2021 and ends on the earlier of—

        (A) the day on which the House of Congress agrees to a concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2022 pursuant to section 301 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974; or

        (B) the last day of the One Hundred Seventeenth Congress.

However, the salaries would not be permanently held from Congress, as that would violate the 27th Amendment. Instead, the salaries would be withheld until the end of the congressional period if the budget is not agreed upon.

The Bill also bans recess until a budget is agreed upon:

“(b) No Budget, No Recess.—

    “(1) LIMITS IN THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.—The procedures specified in paragraphs (2), (3), and (4) shall apply in the Senate and the procedures specified in paragraphs (2), (3), and (5) shall apply in the House of Representatives—

        “(A) on and after April 15 of each year, if the Senate and House of Representatives have not adopted a concurrent resolution on the budget for the next fiscal year; and

        “(B) on and after August 1 of each year, if the Senate and House of Representatives have not passed, individually or collectively, all the regular appropriations bills for the next fiscal year.

“(2) NO RECESS OR ADJOURNMENT.—During a period described in paragraph (1), it shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to move to recess or to adjourn for more than 8 hours.

Congress has been known to continue receiving payments while they hold the rest of the Federal Government in limbo discussing the budget, thus removing some incentive to pass a budget since it does not affect them personally.


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