Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after voting for H.R. 325, the "No Budget, No Pay Act," which passed the House today and would withhold the salaries of members of Congress if their respective chamber does not pass a budget by April 15, 2013:
In a statement, Graves said: "I am committed to balancing the budget and forcing the government to operate within its means. We cannot allow Washington to continue dragging down our economy and sidelining jobs that our communities need. The first step in that process is forcing the Senate to follow the law and pass a budget, which they have failed to do for almost four years. In the House, we will again put forward a bold vision for the country, which will include tax, spending and entitlement reform. Our goal is to balance the budget in ten years. If the Senate again fails to pass a budget, they will have their pay withheld. No budget, no pay. The American people expect and deserve that kind of accountability."