Axne, Arrington Introduce Bipartisan "No Budget, No Recess" Act

February 13, 2019
Press Release
House legislation is similar to Sen. Ernst’s bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Cindy Axne (D-IA-03) and Jodey Arrington (R-TX-19) introduced the bipartisan No Budget, No Recess Act, legislation that would prevent lawmakers from leaving Washington if they fail to pass a budget. Rep. Axne’s House version is similar to the legislation that U.S. Senator Joni Ernst introduced in January.

H.R. 1059, the No Budget, No Recess Act, would prevent Members of Congress from leaving town without passing a budget by April 15th each year and completing the appropriations process by the end of the fiscal year.

“During this past shutdown, our federal workers, our farmers and our communities were suffering while lawmakers went home for the holidays. This is an unacceptable way to govern,” said Rep. Axne. “In Iowa, if you don’t finish the job, you don’t go home. Proud to work with Rep. Arrington on bipartisan legislation that prevents lawmakers from packing up and going home without passing a budget.”

“Every year for the past twenty years, Congress has failed to meet its most basic responsibility to fund the government on time. To add insult to injury, Members of Congress are allowed to go home on recess before finishing the job that they were hired to do” said Rep. Arrington. “There is not a single business, local government or family in our country that can operate this way, and Congress should be held to the same standards and play by the same set of rules as the American people.”