No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013by Representative Charles B. Rangel
Posted on 2013-01-23
RANGEL asked and was given permission to revise and extend his
Mr. RANGEL. I don't think anyone challenges the fact that we have to
stop overspending. You just can't simplify it and say, ``Stop
The problem that we have now is that the debt ceiling has nothing to
do with the full faith and credit of money that has already been spent.
We'd have plenty of time to talk about taxes and spending if we'd talk
about concurrent resolutions, if we'd talk about sequestration; but if
what you're saying is that if there is a budget that I have to vote
``yes'' or ``no'' on and if one budget says that one way to close and
reduce the deficit is to go after the people who are the poorest, the
most sick, and the oldest and call that ``entitlement cutbacks'' and if
I don't vote for that then it means that the government is not going to
pay me, well, I can go home very easily and tell them that a bad budget
is worse than no budget and that, once again, we are holding hostage
the spending cuts that a lot of people want that should be negotiated.
Perhaps we've got a 3-month reprieve, but the fact remains that this is holding up the President and our country from getting on with what we should do when the fiscal impact of this in our country and throughout the world is dangerous.
Mr. CAMP. Mr. Speaker, I yield 1 minute to a distinguished member of the Ways and Means Committee, the gentleman from New York (Mr. Reed).