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Congressman Randy Hultgren

Representing the 14th District of ILLINOIS

Hultgren Joins 35 Other Freshmen In Calling On Senate To Pass First Budget In 888 Days

Oct 4, 2011
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today joined 35 other freshman members of Congress to call on the Senate to pass its first budget in 888 days.

“It’s been an outrageous and unacceptable 888 days since the Senate fulfilled one of its most basic duties and passed a budget,” said Hultgren. “Not only have they failed to pass a budget for 888 days, spending recklessly the whole time, they’ve also failed to vote on any of the dozen pro-growth, pro-jobs bills we have passed with bipartisan support. It’s time for Harry Reid and Dick Durbin to get serious, pass a budget, and pass our bills that will get Washington bureaucrats off the backs of America’s small business owners and let them hire and expand.

“This abject failure of responsibility also underlines the need for legislation such as my Congressional Pay Accountability Act (H.R. 1454). I was pleased to introduce this commonsense bill which will require Congress to pass a budget and all appropriations bills in order to receive their salaries.

“If Congress passes my bill, the Senate would finally have an incentive to pass their first budget in 888 days.”

The 36 freshmen members’ open letter calling for Senate action is below.

Illinois Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (IL-11) and Bobby Schilling (IL-17) also participated.