- Requiring a 3/5 vote to waive the Budget Act points of order dealing with adjournment, thus ensuring that we do not adjourn as a governing body until our budgetary work is done
- Amending the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act 1974 to require that the budget be a joint resolution--passed by both chambers, and signed into law--rather than a concurrent resolution;
- Restructuring the budget as a biennial joint resolution rather than a one-year concurrent budget resolution.
The ‘No Budget, No Pay’ Act prohibits payment to any Member of Congress (excluding the Vice President): (1) if both houses of Congress have not approved a concurrent resolution on the budget for a fiscal year before October 1 of that fiscal year and have not passed all the regular appropriations bills for the next fiscal year by such date, or (2) until both houses of Congress approve such a budget resolution and pass all such appropriations bills.
This bill is sponsored by Rep. Jim Cooper and currently has more than 40 cosponsors; it was introduced on December 13, 2011 and has been referred to the House Committee on House Administration.