Chairman Ryan Statement on the Path to a Responsible Budget Process
WASHINGTON—Earlier today, House Republicans announced a path forward on the nation’s near-term budget challenges. The 1974 Congressional Budget Act requires passage of a budget resolution by April 15 each year. Under Senator Harry Reid’s leadership, the Senate has refused to pass a budget for 1,360 days. As the Administration and Congress work through opportunities to cut government spending, there will be no consideration of a long-term debt-ceiling increase unless both the House and the Senate pass a long-term budget plan. The plan also includes a bipartisan proposal to withhold Senators’ salaries if they fail to pass a budget.
In response to the plan outlined by House Republican leaders, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan issued the following statement:
“I stand in strong support of the agreement reached by my colleagues today. Our conference has united around a common-sense proposal. It rests on the recognition that our challenge is twofold: We have to pay our bills today, and we have to make sure we can pay our bills tomorrow. To achieve both ends, we must cut spending and budget responsibly.
“Since taking the majority, House Republicans have done their job. We’ve passed a budget that promotes economic growth and gets spending under control. But for nearly four years, Senate Democrats have refused to pass a budget. Today’s agreement will hold the Senate accountable for this legal and moral failure. Just as April 15 is tax day for American families, it is budget day for Congress. Unless the Senate acts, there will be no consideration of a long-term debt-ceiling increase. I look forward to working with my colleagues—in both houses and in both parties—on this vital issue.”
Boehner: No Budget, No Pay
WILLIAMSBURG, VA – Following are excerpts of House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) closing remarks as at the House Republican members retreat today, as prepared:
“Before there is any long-term debt limit increase, a budget should be passed that cuts spending. The Democratic-controlled Senate has failed to pass a budget for four years. That is a shameful run that needs to end, this year.
“We are going to pursue strategies that will obligate the Senate to finally join the House in confronting the government’s spending problem. The principle is simple: no budget, no pay. …
“A long-term increase in the debt limit that is not preceded by meaningful and responsible reductions in government spending might avert a default, but it would also invite a downgrade of our nation’s credit that damages our economy, hurts families and small businesses, and destroys jobs.”
Leader Cantor: It’s Time To Pass A Budget
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) released the following statement about the need to pass a budget that reduces spending:
“It was great to spend time with all the members of our conference and their families. We heard some inspiring stories from some incredible people, like Erik Weihenmayer who was the first blind person to summit Mt. Everest.
“We spent a great deal of time discussing how we can help restore a healthy economy and stop piling debt onto our children and grandchildren. It’s common sense that we cannot afford to stay on the same borrowing and spending path we are on.
“Fitch Ratings agency recently said, if the debt limit is raised without substantive deficit reduction, our nation’s credit rating could be downgraded. The President’s plan to simply borrow more money without any reform in Washington puts us all at risk.
“The first step to fixing this problem is to pass a budget that reduces spending. The House has done so, and will again. The Democratic Senate has not passed a budget in almost four years, which is unfair to hardworking taxpayers who expect more from their representatives. That ends this year.
“We must pay our bills and responsibly budget for our future. Next week, we will authorize a three month temporary debt limit increase to give the Senate and House time to pass a budget. Furthermore, if the Senate or House fails to pass a budget in that time, Members of Congress will not be paid by the American people for failing to do their job. No budget, no pay.
“This is the first step to get on the right track, reduce our deficit and get focused on creating better living conditions for our families and children. It’s time to come together and get to work.”
Talking Points: No Budget, No Pay
Please see below talking points on the House Republican plan to force the Democrat-controlled Senate to do its job and pass a budget before any long-term debt limit increase is enacted. Please feel free to contact the Conference with any questions.
- Every American family and small business has a budget, yet Senate Democrats have failed to pass a budget – the most basic responsibility of governing – for four years.
- Before there is any long-term debt limit increase, a budget should be passed that cuts spending. House Republicans have passed a responsible budget in each of the last two years that promotes economic growth and addresses our debt crisis, and it will do so again this year.
- The Democratic-controlled Senate has failed to pass a budget for four years. That shameful record must end, this year.
- Next week, the House will consider legislation to temporarily raise the debt ceiling for three months, and set up a broader debate about spending that obligates the Senate to finally join the House in confronting the government’s spending problem.
- The bill will require the House and Senate each to pass a budget, and member pay will be withheld if they fail. The principle is simple: no budget, no pay.
- A long-term increase in the debt limit that is not preceded by meaningful and responsible reductions in government spending might avert a default, but it would also invite a downgrade of our nation’s credit that damages our economy, hurts families and small businesses, and destroys jobs.
- Republicans will hold the president and his Senate accountable for their failures on the budget, beginning today. It’s time for the Democratic-controlled Senate to do its job, and pass a budget.