Posted Online: Jan. 23, 2013, 8:16 pm
Bustos, Loebsack vote for debt bill
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By Eric Timmons, firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, on Wednesday reluctantly voted for the deal that lets the federal government keep borrowing money until the middle of May.
The No Budget No Pay Act of 2013 passed in the House, 285 to 144 votes, with the support of 199 Republicans and 86 Democrats. Thirty-three Republicans and 111 Democrats voted against the bill.
It now moves to the Senate.
A provision in the bill would dock lawmakers' pay if either the House or Senate does not pass a budget resolution by April 15.The Senate has not passed a budget resolution since 2009.
"Today's legislation is another in a long line of short-term fixes that, unfortunately, doesn't address our looming long-term fiscal challenges," Rep. Bustos said. "However, like working families do across our region, I believe the United States has an obligation to pay its bills."
U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Mount Vernon, also voted for the legislation.
"Today's vote is just another example of Congress kicking the can down the road without actually dealing with the issue at hand," he said, addingit was important that lawmakers would suffer consequences if they cannot agree on a budget.
"It is unacceptable that members of Congress continue to be paid without carrying out one of their main duties – passing a budget each year," he said. "It is time for members to do their part, and that is why I strongly support the No Budget, No Pay Act to hold members accountable for getting their job done."