Congressman Ami Bera

Representing the 7th District of California
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Congressman Bera keeps pledge to support No Budget No Pay

Jan 23, 2013
Press Release

Votes for short-term debt ceiling suspension bill

Congressman Ami Bera voted today for a bill to suspend the country’s debt ceiling for three months. Included in the bill was a stipulation that if Congress does not approve an annual budget, members will have their salaries withheld.

Congressman Bera campaigned on No Budget No Pay and before House consideration of today’s debt ceiling bill, was an original co-sponsor for a standalone No Budget, No Pay Act (H.R. 310) which was reintroduced on Friday. That bill has 56 co-sponsors from both parties.

He offered the following comment after the vote:

“The short-term debt ceiling suspension bill that I voted for today is not a perfect plan and while I’d prefer to see a clean debt ceiling vote, this bill will bring more certainty to financial markets and maintain the full faith and credit of the United States government; there is no question that we must pay the bills that we’ve already committed to. What’s more, if members of Congress can’t do their jobs and pass a responsible budget, then they don’t deserve to get paid. Now it’s time to work together to come up with a responsible budget that reduces our debt, while keeping our country safe, and preserving essential programs that people in California’s 7th district count on.”

Congressman Bera offered the following remarks in support of the bill on the House floor:

View Congressman Bera’s floor remarks 

“Mr. Speaker I rise to address Congress’ failure to pass a responsible budget.

As an original co-sponsor of H.R. 310, the stand-alone and original No Budget No Pay Act, I am pleased to see the 113th Congress begin to address our core obligation- to pass a responsible budget that both honors the promises we have made to our parents and grandparents and secures a prosperous future for our children and grandchildren.

We can do this but we must do so in a bipartisan way. The Great Speaker of the House, the Honorable Tip O’Neil was able to work with President Ronald Reagan to revamp our tax code and strengthen Social Security. The Honorable Speaker Newt Gingrich was able to work with President Bill Clinton to not only balance our budget but to create a budget surplus.
We can do this but we must do so in a bipartisan fashion, taking the best ideas from both sides of the aisle, finding common ground, and moving forward.

Thank you. I yield back the balance of my time.”

Congressman Ami Bera represents Sacramento County in the 113th Congress. A lifelong Californian and first generation American, Bera is a medical doctor and the only Indian American currently serving in Congress. He and his wife Janine live in Elk Grove with their 15-year-old daughter Sydra.