Politics

Proposed 'No Budget, No Vacation' Bill Would Force Congress To Pass Budget Before Holidays

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) proposed a “No Budget, No Vacation” bill on Wednesday that would force Congress to make a budget agreement by mid-December or work through the holidays.

The bill would force the House and the Senate to work together to pass a budget by Dec. 13, the Huffington Post reported.

After the 16-day shutdown, the Budget Conference Committee has made no indication that an agreement is on the horizon.

The sparse GOP calendar indicates that Republicans are finished legislating for the rest of the year, with no prospect for immigration reform or a budget agreement, according to Politico.

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Slaughter, former Chairwoman of the House Rules Committee, said in a press release that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) recently joked that the House shouldn’t even remain in session into December.

“This Republican House has redefined the term unproductive by setting records for futility with its glacial legislative pace and then shutting down the government when they don’t get their way,” Slaughter said. “Now, after this dismal record, the Majority is planning to go on a vacation before fulfilling our most basic role to fund the government. It is time to stop governing crisis-to-crisis and finally give the American people and American businesses the certainty that comes with passing a federal budget. No budget, no vacation.”

On Tuesday, however, Boehner sounded hopeful about a budget agreement.

“It’s important that we do appropriations bills here to fund the government,” he said at a press conference. “The idea that we should operate under what are called continuing resolutions is a poor way to do business.”

Sources: Huffington Post, Politico