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House Republicans cast the bill as a way to force the Senate to draft a budget for the first time in four years, noting that if either house fails to do so, its members' pay would be withheld. They called the bill "no budget, no pay,'" a slogan if not a statement of fact, since lawmakers would be entitled to collect their entire salaries at the end of the Congress with or without a budget in place.
Senate Democrats owe it to the American taxpayers to do what they havent done in 1,365 days pass a budget. If they cant perform one of the most basic functions of government, then they dont deserve to receive a paycheck," says Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN 7th District). This legislation takes the necessary steps to ensure the President and Senate are held accountable for their failures to produce a budget and also allows us to begin a serious debate on real spending reductions. We dont have a revenue problem in Washington, we have a spending problem and the American people are looking for solutions that will restore some fiscal sanity.
"The idea behind No Budget, No Pay came from a Nashvillian who approached me two years ago," said Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN 5th District), "He said, 'I don't get paid if I don't do my job, and do it on time. Why should Congress be any different?' I agree, and this bill makes Congress follow the same rule that every American understands: do your work if you want to get paid. The President is right that the debt ceiling increase should be longer than four months and unconditional. But this bill is a start in the right direction to get Congress to take its duties seriously."
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Faith leaders asked to help members get legal help
June 19, 2013 15:44 GMT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A group in Tennessee is using faith leaders to connect people in need of legal help with attorneys willing to provide free services.
The faith-based initiative of Tennessee's Access to Justice Commission aims to reach people at a place they already go for help: their churches, mosques and synagogues. Faith leaders then put needy members in touch with participating attorneys.
The Legal Services Corp. estimates that fewer than one in ?ve low-income people in the U.S. get the legal assistance they need.
Various programs exist to bridge this gap, but experts say there's nothing quite like the Tennessee initiative. In part, that's because it recognizes that many people who could use an attorney's help won't seek legal aid because they don't see their problem as a legal one.
Asia Markets mostly down as investors eye Fed
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian markets were mostly lower today as investors waited for an update on the U.S. economy from the U.S. Federal Reserve.
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