You have probably heard the old joke: do you know how to make Congress work? Easy…Put them on commission.
Well we may have a similar law soon…
Congressman Jack Kingston (GA-1) joined a bipartisan majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, voting for legislation that would withhold the pay of Members of Congress if they fail to pass a budget.
“It has been 4 years since the United States Senate passed a budget,” said Kingston. “In that time, the national debt has increased by $5.3 trillion dollars. With this runaway spending, we need both houses to pass a budget that explains their plan for our government. ‘No Budget, No Pay’ holds both the House and Senate accountable to the American people.” We certainly agree !
“No Budget, No Pay” directs both the House and Senate to pass budget resolutions by April 15, 2013. If either fails to pass a budget in that time, members of that body would have their paychecks withheld until one is passed.
The bill passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 285-144.
It must now be passed by the U.S. Senate before being sent to the President to be signed into law.
Businesses, families, states, and local governments are forced to craft a budget to live within their means, It is time for Washington to do the same.
South Georgia is losing an important voice in Washington. Senator Saxby Chambliss announced last week he would not run for re-election. The Moultrie Republican spent 8 years in the U.S. House of Representatives before becoming the first person from our part of the state elected to the U.S. Senate. He’ll wrap up his second term in two years.
Chambliss has a strong conservative voting record in Washington, but he also stands up for issues important to all south Georgians, regardless of their party affiliation. He’s a leader on agriculture issues. He stands up for veterans and Georgia’s military bases. He’s been an influential leader on intelligence and homeland security in the post-9/11 era. And he hasn’t been afraid to work across party lines on important issues. That is all too rare these days in Washington, and that may be what we miss most when Chambliss is gone.
The Senator has represented south Georgia, all of our state, and the entire country with integrity, class, and dedication. We thank him for his service. We wish him and his wife Julianne the best, and we hope whoever replaces him follows his example.
Written by Jim Wilcox, general manager of WALB.