#NoBudgetNoPay GOP Plan Violates 27th Amendment

Just hours ago, the House GOP leadership unveiled their debt ceiling strategy: They’ll temporarily raise the debt ceiling without budget cuts, but only if the Senate agrees to not getting paid until Congress passes a budget.

It’s clever, but not likely to achieve it’s goal.

First off, it’s unconstitutional. The 27th Amendment states:

“No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and  Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.”

So, #NoBudgetNoPay couldn’t take effect until next Congress.

Second, numerous conservative members of the House have already come out and said they won’t vote for a plan which doesn’t cut spending. As of today, it appears Speaker Boehner would need Democrats–possible a significant number of them–to pass this new #NoBudgetNoPay plan.

While most conservatives believe that Congress shouldn’t be paid if they don’t pass a budget, they also believe Congress shouldn’t be paid unless they pass a responsible budget. But mostly, they believe in following the Constitution.

 

By Ron Meyer, American Majority Action Spokesman

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