No farm bill, no pay?


WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2013 - House Republicans advanced their “No Budget, No Pay” bill, that would withhold salaries from members of Congress if either chamber fails to approve a budget by April 15.

But when it comes to linking “pay” to “performance,” Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, suggests that lawmakers should include a few other pieces of legislation, like the farm bill.

“Why just the budget? Why not link members pay to passing a farm bill that will save $20 billion,” he told reporters during a conference call Thursday.

The U.S. Senate passed a new farm bill in June 2012 by a 64-35 margin, but the House did not consider legislation approved by the House Agriculture Committee.

The “No Budget, No Pay” bill, H.R. 325, passed with a 285-114 majority on Wednesday and the U.S. Senate is expected to approve a similar measure. The House version of the bill received the support of 199 House Republican lawmakers and 86 Democratic lawmakers.

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