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Matheson Among Bipartisan Group Favoring Reforms

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Jim Matheson today voted in favor of H.R. 325– the No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013.  This legislation requires that each House of Congress pass a budget by April 15 or pay is suspended for legislators in that chamber.  The bill passed the House of Representatives with broad bipartisan support in a 285-144 vote. 

“I have long supported No Budget No Pay and I am pleased to see such a broad coalition come together today to pass this legislation.  In the real world, the duty of a worker is to give their best effort and produce results in order to be compensated.  There is no reason that Congress should be any different,” said Matheson.

He added, “Throughout my career, I have been an advocate for Congressional reforms. And for too long, Congress has been able to find excuses for not solving tough issues.  As one of the first measures to pass this new congress, passing No Budget, No Pay gives me hope that there is a real willingness to work on the big issues and to find solutions that draw support from members on both sides of the aisle.  It is a step in the right direction to seek consensus and pass smart reforms.”