March 12th, 2012
07:37 PM ET

A 'no budget, no pay' deal for Congress?

What would it take to get things done in Congress–and maybe improve Congress' cellar-dwelling approval ratings? Our John Avlon says one simple idea is this: tell Congress to pass a budget, or give up their paychecks.

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  1. zeak

    @Splinter48708.. another wise voice from the wilderness:)

    March 14, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  2. Bleh64

    Yeah right, they are more likely to vote themselves another pay raise than not take a paycheck. Overpaid, useless loads are what 99.9% of them are.

    March 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  3. Tex

    Forced to work without pay, is called "SLAVERY", "INVOLUNTARY SERVITUDE". Somewhere around the 14th amendment.

    March 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
    • zeak

      their is contract law... being an elected official is not "forced" upon the The politicians. they voluntarily accept the position they are voted into. Therein is the diffeence about slavery.

      March 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  4. Tex

    It's the END of the world!

    March 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  5. Publius Novus

    Take a deep breath and read the Twenty-seventh Amendment. "No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened." Congress can pass its law, but it can't take effect until the next Congress.

    March 14, 2012 at 10:43 am | Reply
    • zeak

      True... but just like the states insisted that this Amendment be put in place, We the people also have the ability to have a say in our governance. We could adopt 27.5

      March 14, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply
  6. expert

    Erin Burnett is hot

    March 14, 2012 at 7:44 am | Reply
    • Chris


      March 14, 2012 at 10:44 am | Reply
  7. francis


    March 13, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Reply
    • Josh

      True, but the president would veto these bills anyway. Shouldn't this discussion be focused on Republican obstructionism?

      March 14, 2012 at 8:43 am | Reply
      • Johnny DC

        Get a clue, Josh. The president's own budget proposal failed 100-0 in the Senate.

        You can either buy the media and Democrat lies and just blindly fault the GOP, or you can do some research on your own and get to the bottom of the problems we face.

        How can you sit there and pretend to know what you're talking about and wholly blame the GOP when the president's own party blocked his budget proposal unanimously?

        March 14, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
      • zeak

        I am a progressive Democrat... but I noticed when the Democrats had a huge majority we were often immobile as well. We have to continue to insist, by votes, by voice, by boycott that our will be done...

        March 14, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
      • Ed

        Josh, let me say this slowly so you can possibly understand. Y o u a r e a n I D I O T. It's the Democrats that are being the obstructionists and it is the Democrats that are the Do Nothing part of congress.

        March 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
        • Splinter48708

          Ed...it depends on the party in power. When the Democrats are large and in charge, they accuse the GOP of being the "Party of No". When the GOP is in power, they accuse the Democrats of the exact same thing. It's American Politics as usual, sadly. Little compromise and hardened hearts to the voices of the people who cannot afford a highly paid lobbyist or can afford to donate to a campaign.

          March 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  8. clarke

    That would be nice if we could with hold their pay checks until they earned them. But it will never happen. We could only dream.

    March 13, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Reply
    • zeak

      I have a nice garden... I reap what I sow; this is very parallel to our involvement and oversight of our government and our elected officials. If WE do not fertilize and water and weed... then we reap what we sow.

      March 14, 2012 at 11:19 am | Reply
  9. mikrik13

    Congress won't miss their paychecks. They get far more money from lobbyists, insider investments and kickbacks. The paychecks go into the petty cash category.

    March 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
    • Publius Novus

      You are correct that the great majority of senators and representatives would not miss their paychecks. But not for the reasons you suggest. The great majority of senators and representatives are independently wealthy and do not need their paychecks. It has nothing to do with payments from lobbyists and kickbacks, and little to do with insider investments. There are occasional congressional criminals who are taking payments from lobbyists and kickbacks (Randy Cunningham and Bob Ney come to mind). But they are exceptionally rare, despite popular beliefs.

      March 14, 2012 at 10:50 am | Reply
  10. BigT1996

    The first part of this is out right bias video regarding Congress not passing a budget. The people shown, Speaker of the House John Boehner-R and Majority Leader Eric Cantor-R and they are the only ones to coordinate and pass a budget in their House of Congress the past 1000 days, it was voted down in the Senate (not mentioned in the clip either). Tthe Senate that has not passed a budget! Video should be showing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid-D and Assistant Majority Leader Richard Durban-D!

    March 13, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
  11. macho

    I love the way you guys Lie.....yes Lie...that would be misrepresent the truth...it takes a lot of balls to talk about the budget not being passed and show the HOUSE Republicans who have Passed a budget every year they have been in power...Pelosi didn't when she was in power and the Senate, still run by DEMOCRATS has not passed a single budget yet ....but I do love the way you guys lie to your fans...and you wonder why FOX has all the viewers...LOL

    March 13, 2012 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • jim

      Fox has more viewers because they tell better fairy tales.

      March 13, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Reply
      • Johnny DC

        Which part of his statement was a fairy tale, Jim? Oh that's right, you don't need facts to back up your accusations, just like Obama doesn't.

        March 14, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
  12. BradW

    Nice of CNN to show pictures of house republicans when it is the democrats in the senate who have failed to pass a budget since 2009 and they have controled the senate since 2007. The way it is supposed to work is simple....1. president proposes a budget.....2. House passes a budget...3. Senate passes a budget.....4. Both houses use reconciliation to come up with a compromised budget and then it is voted on by both.....5. President signs budget.......
    The senate democrats defeated the budget passed by house republicans and they never even bothered to try and pass a budget of their own.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:23 am | Reply
  13. Joe

    I saw a bit of your show with a nam vet talking about ptsd. VA services issues a credit card size card after they verify the DD214.
    I expect to get back to you this week. I was one of those 19 year old main street to Vietnam draftee baby killers you might of heard of. The media was pretty big on them forty years ago. I'm one year into recovery for nam ptsd. Our group or 12 discussed the incident in Afghanistan today. I thought you might like to hear our comments. So I will get back to you. but I've had enough Vietnam for a couple of days. I'd prefer a direct e mail so you can ask questions if you wish.

    March 13, 2012 at 1:05 am | Reply
  14. M Loncar

    Erin, Republican-led House HAS passed budgets. It's Sen Reid and Senate that has failed to pass budget in over 1000 days. By saying "Joint Budget Resolution" you fail to dstinguish the reasons and apportion blame fairly. No Senate budget, no conference w/House to work issues. Tks.

    March 12, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Reply
  15. J. A. Ross

    Regarding the story about vets…

    I’m part of an early wave to be corn holed by the DoD in pursuit of the new (and premature) peace dividend. If actual peace is achieved, this is going to get bad.

    Americans were unwilling to go to war themselves, so they sent us. Then they decided they were unwilling to pay taxes to support us, so we’re being fired.

    What could America do to help its vets? Pay taxes and stop firing us.

    March 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Reply
    • jim

      Americans sent you to war? All of us did that? Get it straight! Americans don't want wars, our government does. We don't control the government (despite what they told you in the sixth grade).

      March 13, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Reply
    • RonPaul2012

      How about instead of raising taxes and not firing soldiers we bring the soldiers home from around the world, stop starting wars where you get PTSD and focus the efforts of the military on protecting the citizens and insuring our liberties ?

      Enough war, enough soldier worship

      March 13, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Reply
      • Butch


        March 23, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  16. K. Conques

    How disingenuous you all are!! The House has submitted a budget the past several years and is STILL waiting on the SENATE to act! The House has also submitted over 20 bills still sitting in the Senate....yet you use photos of the HOUSE (coincidentally all Republicans) for that segment????? Why not highlight ALL DEMOCRATS since they have control of the Senate where seriously nothing is getting done!! Do you really think your public is that stupid to not figure out that you are trying to "cover Democrats and the President" at all costs!!

    March 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Reply

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