Daines: No Balanced Budget, No Pay for Congress

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today re-introduced the “Balanced Budget Accountability Act” to hold Congress accountable and require a balanced budget or members won’t get paid. This legislation would help address our public debt crisis, and is the first bill Daines introduces each Congress.

“Congress is here to serve–not to be served. If Congress can’t do its job and pass a balanced budget, members shouldn’t get paid,” Daines said. “As our national debt soars and inflation continues to hammer Montana families, it’s past time we bring accountability to Washington, and my “Balanced Budget Accountability Act” will do just that.”

Read the bill HERE.


The “Balanced Budget Accountability Act” strengthens accountability in Washington and encourages members of Congress to commit to the annual budget process as required by law and pass budgets that balance within ten years.

If a balanced budget is not passed by April 15—the legal requirement for Congress to have passed a budget—members will see their pay terminated.

Daines introduced this bill in the Senate at the beginning of every new Congress since the 114th Congress, and while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 113th Congress.


Contact: Rachel Dumke,  Blake Kernen