No Budget, No Pay
Passing a budget and appropriations bills are basic responsibilities of Congress. But Congress has not adopted a budget in more than 1,300 days. And it hasn't passed all its appropriations bills on-time for 16 straight years.
Congress shouldn't get paid if it can't finish its work. That's why I have introduced the "No Budget, No Pay Act" to stop congressional pay if Congress fails to pass all of its budgeted appropriations bills on time. Support has grown significantly since we first introduced the bill in 2011, and the main principles are now being adopted by House leadership.
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Recent News & Updates
January 18, 2013 • Cooper Introduces No Budget, No Pay in 113th Congress
July 26, 2012 • Cooper Op-ed in the Atlantic: How to Get Congress on Good Behavior
June 22, 2012 • Cooper Talks about NBNP and Congressional Reform on MSNBC
March 30, 2012 • Cooper Op-Ed in the Tennessean: Grab Congress by its Purse Strings
March 15, 2012 • The Tennessean: Rep. Jim Cooper's 'no budget, no pay' bill gains momentum
March 14, 2012 • Cooper interviews on CNN, FOX and FOX Business about No Budget, No Pay
March 14, 2012 • Cooper Testifies about No Budget, No Pay Act
Feb. 29, 2012 • Blue Dogs Endorse Cooper's No Budget, No Pay Act
Dec. 30, 2011 • MSNBC: Cooper Talks about No Budget, No Pay and Why Congress is so Unpopular
Dec. 13, 2011 • Cooper Introduces No Budget, No Pay Act in 112th Congress