No Budget, NO PAY

Posted on December 13, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

By Caren Turner

Today, the activist group, No Labels released a sweeping congressional action plan called Make Congress Work.   One of the strongest parts of the plan is to penalize Members of Congress, financially, if they do not make spending and budget decisions on time.  Turner GPA supports this plan.  Too many times during the past year the nation has been thrown into brinksmanship and last minute dealing to determine whether the government will remain open or shut down.  Too many times an interim deal has been cut to “kick the can down the road” and keep the government open for just a few weeks.  No good.

It is our opinion that this is just not enough.  We as citizens, and yes, even as lobbyists, have an obligation to hold the government and Congress to the standards that we, ourselves must be held.

Turner GPA is a leading D.C.-based national lobbying and government affairs firm dedicated to delivering cutting edge policy advocacy for the manufacturing, defense, aerospace, health and energy industries. Members of our professional policy team can be reached at (202) 466-2511. We are also on the Web at www.turnergpa.com.

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I think No Labels sweeping congressional action plan makes sense. While nothing in life is perfect, it’s a good start. Congressmen should be fined substantially if they don’t meet the deadline that they agreed to, as in the recent committee that came and went without the deadline that they had agreed to with regards to budget issues. For much too long lobbyists and other special interest groups have reinforced the you are ‘the powers that be’ mentality and they believe their images. It’s time to make them accountable where it hurts – in their wallets.

Meredith…. It is also about the TIME that the Congress needs to “dial for dollars” rather than legislate. Estimates are that they spend from 30 – 70 percent of their TIME raising money. No good.


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