The Chatter: House GOP mocks Senate with graph plus Sen. Paul criticizes House GOP leaders

01/22/2013 04:55 PM

U.S. House Republicans plan to vote this week on a “No Budget, No Pay” bill, which would mean no members of Congress get paid until the U.S. Senate passes a budget. The Senate hasn’t passed a budget since 2009.

Tuesday, Kentucky U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, shared a link on his FaceBook page of a graph produced by the office of Speaker of the House John Boehner as an illustration of why Congress should not be paid until a budget is passed.

The post on Speaker of the House website containing the graph is titled “179 Round Trips to the Moon & 7 Other Things You Could Do in the Time Since Senate Democrats Last Passed a Budget”.

Some of the examples of accomplishments that could be done in the almost four year time span were floating across the globe nonstop in a hot-air balloon approximately 73 times and being able to climb Mount Everest 292 times.

Freshman U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, released the following statement on the “No Budget, No Pay” bill:

“Given the government’s spending addiction and our ever-increasing national debt, Members of Congress should not get paid if they fail to fulfill the most basic responsibility of governing. Congress should produce a credible plan to address the nation’s spending crisis before passing any long-term increase in the debt limit.”

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul takes jabs at House GOP leadership on debt ceiling

U.S. House Republican leaders also are expected to call for a in the next week a bill that would postpone the fight over raisng the nation’s $16.4 trillion debt ceiling for four months. But U.S. Senator Rand Paul is criticizing the House GOP leadership on their actions in the face of confrontation with President Obama.

Politico reported Tuesday that Paul spoke to a group of conservative leaders in South Carolina, and took jabs at the leadership of the lower chamber.

According to the article, Paul made comments such as, “I saw the speaker on TV handing the newly sworn-in president a flag. I am afraid it was the white flag of surrender”.

The comments were fueled by the Republican party’s internal debate over how aggressively to use the borrowing limit as leverage against the White House.

The House GOP plan would allow the government to continue to borrow money to pay its bills without violating the debt ceiling until May 18.

Jacqueline Pitts

Jacqueline Pitts joined the cn|2 political team in June 2012. A graduate of WKU, Jacqueline grew up in Nashville, TN and is looking forward to having a front row seat to Kentucky politics. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter @Jacqueline_cn2. She can be reached at 502-792-1114 or


  • Luke Barlowe wrote on January 22, 2013 05:58 PM :

    Why is little Rand in South Carolina, isn’t he happy with destroying Kentucky so now is going to do the same to South Caroline.

    He is such an embarrassment!!!!

  • viewer wrote on January 22, 2013 06:19 PM :

    I am stunned that all our state leaders that talk about our debt, hasnt repealed HB299 from 2005. I knew foresure that would be cherry picking for some in Gop to show gov waste out of control. I guess since the governor has been appointing republicans to other jobs to get his way. They believe they will be next to benifit in this legal fraud… Repeal HB 299 your honorable souls !!!!

  • Bruce Layne wrote on January 22, 2013 11:11 PM :

    The Kentucky Legislature meets every year, declares Blackberry Days, names bridges after politicians, adjourns in honor of Ms. Ledbetter’s 4th grade class… but they don’t pass a budget either, just like our US Senate. Every year, the Kentucky Legislature must be reconvened in a special session at a cost of $70,000 per day to pass a budget. Let’s not pay them until they do their job and pass a budget, either.

    As for the GOP trying to decide how much leverage they can exert over the executive branch with the negotiations to increase the debt ceiling yet again… they’re fiddling while Rome burns. DON’T raise the debt ceiling again. Stop playing politics with this issue. Hold the line on spending and force the cuts we need to balance the budget. Why won’t anyone in Congress balance the budget? The deficit spending is completely unsustainable and it is destroying our country.

  • Cumberland Gap wrote on January 23, 2013 04:30 PM :

    Bruce, can’t let you get by with that. In the last budget cycle 2012, the legislature passed a budget on time and it was balanced per law. No special session was called. Only Governors can call a special session.

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