December 13, 2011

Manchin Cosponsors 'No Budget, No Pay' Legislation | WTRF News

WASHINGTON, D.C. -As part of an effort to make Congress work better, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) signed on to bipartisan legislation today to prevent lawmakers from getting their paychecks if they don't produce a budget.

The "No Budget, No Pay," legislation is just one of the initiatives that Senator Manchin supports in the "Make Congress Work" agenda, a 12-point proposal to help change the way Congress does business. Senator Manchin joined fellow lawmakers and No Labels – a group of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents who are dedicated to taking partisan politics out of government and getting this country moving again – at a press conference today to announce the plan.

"We're trying to put civility and commonsense solutions back into governing," Senator Manchin said. "Everyone around here is so focused on who they can blame for the problems facing this nation, and how they can score political points for the next election. That is not what we were sent here to do. We should be thinking about the next generation and how we can help our children and our children's children succeed in an America that is as strong as ever. We should be working together on the ways we can make America an even better country, and that is what I hope this ‘Make Congress Work' agenda will help us accomplish."

Source: Urges Support For No Labels' 'Make Congress Work' Agenda