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'No Budget, No Pay' Works Once Again in California

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Every so often, in the world of legislation, California lives up to its own self-image of trendsetter. This is one of those times.

Friday Talking Points -- Shutdown Follies

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Well, I have to admit -- I never thought John Boehner was stupid enough to shut the government down over Obamacare. Shows what I know, right? Sigh.

What Reid, Pelosi, and Obama Should Say Now

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If there was some underlying "cut deficits" strategy to the Republican shutdown, then why would the House have passed a budget bill on the brink of the shutdown which increased the debt by $29 billion?

GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski Supports Withholding Pay

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said on Monday that she supports withholding federal lawmakers' pay if they fail to pass a budget according to a report...

An Unconstitutional Two-fer

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

This week, the Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives did something that you wouldn't think is even possible: they introduced (and then the House passed) a five-page bill that, despite its brevity, may violate two separate provisions of the United States Constitution.

Michael McAuliff

House Votes To Raise Debt Ceiling, Takes Its Pay Hostage Instead | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to raise the nation's debt ceiling by an unspecified amount, suspending the federal governm...

Governing: I Wish We Could Get Our Leaders to Collaborate by Paying Them for Results

Suresh Kumar | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
Suresh Kumar

I am encouraged that some legislators have proposed pay for results via a "no budget, no pay" provision as the modus operandi for the next three months. Why not make this the norm going forward?

Arthur Delaney

'No Show, No Pay Act' Is Latest Longshot Bill To Cut Congressional Pay | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bill to dock pay for members of Congress who miss votes is the latest token effort to cut congressional salaries. "Our primary dut...

The No Budget, No Pay Act

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Both Houses of Congress are currently considering a bill which, in my humble estimation, would be wildly popular with the public -- if they knew about it, that is.

My 2011 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 2]

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This year we turn to the Democrats to find the winner of Destined For Political Stardom. If Elizabeth Warren manages to wrest Teddy Kennedy's old Senate seat away from the Republican usurper, she will indeed be on the road to Democratic stardom.