Heller: Dock Congress' Pay During Budget Impasses

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller is
proposing an amendment to dock House and Senate members' pay if a budget bill isn't agreed upon by the start of any new fiscal year.

Heller on Monday said he wants a vote on his amendment to a measure sponsored by Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Reid's bill calls for higher taxes on anyone earning $1 million or more as part of an overall deficit reduction plan.

Heller says if Congress doesn't do its job, members shouldn't get paid. The amendment would also prohibit retroactive pay once a budget is passed.

If approved, his proposal wouldn't take effect until February 2013.

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