No Budget, No Pay for Congress

No Budget, No Pay for Congress

    1. Petition by

      Kristina Scarlet

      United States

No Budget, No Pay.

I think it’s time Congress had a little skin in the game, don’t you? Let’s get something passed that states if they can’t agree on a federal budget by the deadline their pay is cut off. If we don’t get paychecks due to this mess, neither should they. They really need to feel our pain. If I hadn’t done my job for days, let alone years, I would be fired. If you don’t do your job, you don’t get paid – it should apply to Congress too.

Many people on the Hill say things like ‘It’s complicated’ and ‘You don’t really understand the implications of… yadda yadda yadda’. Really? We don’t understand?

The last time we had a +real+ budget passed into law was 1997. 1997. +Sixteen+ years ago.

The last time we even had a budget was over 1400 days ago. Almost +four+ years ago. Since then The Government - Our Country – has been operating under a patchwork of band-aids that keep us going for a few months at a time. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot! How is this okay?!?

It’s time to let them know how we feel about this, and curtail this ridiculous situation. We need to raise our voices to let that small group of people in Washington know they are NOT doing their job of caring for the nation as a whole. Really, how much has actually gotten done in Congress over that last few years? The leadership of our great country acts more like a bunch of high school kids these days. This is about people’s +real+ lives, not some school ground squabble to prove who’s the most popular

I bet you know 10 year olds who can figure out how to compromise and play together – why can’t our elected representatives? Shouldn’t our Congressional representatives be smarter than a 5th grader?

I doubt Congress would vote to cut their own pay, but We the People can. We the People can push for an Article V Convention for an amendment to the Constitution to cut their pay if they don’t pass a budget by the end of the fiscal year.


Have you been affected by this whole mess? Raise your hand.

Are you worried about your paycheck? Raise your hand.

Are you worried about your job being cut? Raise your hand.

Are you are worried about making your mortgage or rent payment? Raise your hand.

Are you worried about buying groceries? Raise your hand.

Congress members should be worried about the same things, right?


I’m just one person and can’t accomplish a whole lot on my own. If We the People all band together we +can+ make a difference. Let’s do this thing.

No Budget, No Pay.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Todd Marino TOMS RIVER, NJ
      • 9 months ago

      Congressional members need more incentive to compromise.

    • Patti Towhill ATLANTA, GA
      • 9 months ago

      It is patently unfair for you to pay yourselves and have the best healthcare insurance for you and your families while your actions only seek to deny them for others. The American public is your boss. We say get to work taking care of our nation and the interests of the majority of the people or you should not be paid, and should be fired.

    • Nicole Eveland CHAMPAIGN, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      It's the job of CONGRESS to pass budgets or enact sequesters. Don't you dare try to punish the President for being who he is by screwing over us plebes!

    • Seann Conklin BLOOMINGTON, IN
      • over 1 year ago

      An aspect of being a good leader is willing to anything that you ask your followers. If Congress and the Administration is going to banter around with such an important policy then they should be willing to accept the consequences of their actions as they are asking us to accept them.


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