Congressman Chris Stewart

Representing the 2nd District of Utah
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Stewart: A Path to Fiscal Sanity

Jan 23, 2013
Press Release


Washington, D.C. — Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) issued the following statement in advance of the No Budget, No Pay Act, which is up for vote today:

“One of the primary reasons I ran for Congress was to fight to reduce our debt and cut federal spending. Since my election, I have become increasingly convinced that our government has a serious spending problem—a problem we have refused to address in any meaningful way. The Democratic controlled Senate hasn't passed a budget in 1,364 days, almost four years. Our country is more than 16 trillion dollars in debt, an amount that is growing every day.”

“Today, we are voting on a very important bill that I believe will help us get on a path to fiscal sanity. The bill will require the House and Senate to each pass a budget, and Member pay will be withheld if we fail. The principle is simple: no budget, no pay.”

“This is a chance for Congress to show leadership. Hardworking families and small businesses in Utah and across the country have budgets and are responsible for sticking to those budgets. Congress should be held to that same standard.”

“If passed, this bill will also allow for a temporary three month extension on the debt-ceiling. I believe a meaningful and responsible debate on reductions in government spending and the debt-ceiling is crucial. If we continue to forego spending cuts, and increase our debt-ceiling, we could invite a downgrade of our nation’s credit, damaging our economy, hurting families and small businesses, and destroying jobs.”