Sinema Bill Blocks Pay for Congress Until Budget is Passed

Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema joined Senators Mike Braun and Joe Manchin in sponsoring the No Budget, No Pay Act to withhold Congressional pay until a budget is passed.

“If members of Congress fail to do their jobs, then they should not get paid,” said Sinema, who has consistently sponsored the No Budget, No Pay Act since she was elected to Congress.

The No Budget, No Pay Act halts paychecks for all House and Senate members if they miss the annual October 1st deadline for budget and appropriations bills. It prohibits members from receiving pay for each day past Oct.1 that budget and spending bills do not pass. Under the legislation, members are not allowed to recover their pay retroactively.

Sinema sponsored similar legislation in the 113th, 114th, and 115th Congress.