U.S. Rep. Jim Himes joined other member of the can’t-we-all-just-get-along coalition known as No Labels at a sweltering Washington rally Thursday to announce its “Make Government Work” initiative. Himes is among the co-sponsors of legislation that would, among other things, withhold pay for legislators if they fail to pass a budget.
Here’s more from Himes’ office on the No Lablels legislation:
Each of the four bills Himes cosponsors addresses a different aspect of government inefficiency. The Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act (H.R. 2689) saves taxpayer money by making government buildings more energy efficient. The No Budget No Pay Act (H.R. 310) withholds pay from Members of Congress if the body does not pass a budget on time. The 21st Century Health Care for Heroes Act (H.R. 2590) merges the electronic health records of the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to help veterans get their benefits more quickly. And the Biennial Budgeting and Enhanced Oversight Act (H.R. 1869) institutes a biennial budgeting cycle in which Congress passes a budget in the first year of each congressional cycle and reviews it in the next.