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Owens backs ‘No Budget, No Pay’ bill

February 29, 2012
By CHRIS MORRIS - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

In most jobs, if you don't do the work, you don't get paid.

A bipartisan group of representatives in the U.S. House thinks that should be the case for Congress, too.

U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, is co-sponsoring H.R. 3643, dubbed the "No Budget, No Pay" bill by its 31 supporters. His spokesman, Sean Magers, said the legislation is pretty self explanatory: It takes away member pay if Congress doesn't pass a budget.

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Currently, 17 Democrats and 14 Republicans are sponsoring the bill, Magers said.

"Anywhere else, if someone doesn't perform the basic functions of their job, they see their paycheck disappear," Magers said. "Congressman Owens believes this should be no different in Congress."

Magers said the legislation was just introduced, and that more lawmakers are likely to back it in the coming weeks.

"This legislation will help to restore accountability to the budget process and finally punish the type of brinksmanship that New Yorkers are tired of," he said.



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