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House Raises the Debt Ceiling

Brent150 Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 3:49 PM
I do really like the provision that stops paying our pols if they refuse to perform and pass a budget. It should have happened years ago. Next, we need to add merit pay for house and senate members: If we are in debt, we take it out of THEIR pockets until such time as the debt is retired, and if they run surpluses, they can take home a bonus. Since they'll never pass such a rule, I'll settle for a BBA.
Dyadd Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 3:56 PM
They are not in office for their paltry authorized pay.

They all make millions *other* ways.

A bribeaucracy is real sweet for the people who run it.
Brent150 Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 5:09 PM
Actually, there are a myriad of laws on the books that govern what elected officials are allowed to take from others, especially lobbyists. There are even watchdog groups to cry foul when some of them do things that are on the edge of legality, ask Trent Lott or Maxine Waters, or Charlie Wrangel.. Sometimes they even get called before the ethics committee.
I would be in favor of enforcement of existing law that had more teeth and more bitter consequences, but then you run the risk of having a one-party rule where the members of the other party get unfairly railroaded... The system we have is certainly imperfect, but not as fundamentally broken as some claim.

The House of Representatives has passed legislation known as the "No Budget, No Pay Act" to raise the debt ceiling, funding the government through borrowing until May. The legislation includes a clause that requires politicans pass a budget or receive no pay.

 The vote was 285 to 144, largely on the back of Republican support.

Most House Democrats spoke out against the bill. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the salary provision a "joke" and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer called the bill a "political gimmick" that perpetuates uncertainty.

The Senate is expected to...