Gallagher Files Amendment to Hold Congress Accountable for Budget Inaction
Washington, D.C. – Last night, Representative Mike Gallagher filed an amendment with the House Rules Committee to require that no taxpayer dollars be used toward travel reimbursements for Members of Congress until they pass a budget.
“In less than one week, Congress will adjourn for a month-long break without fulfilling its most basic responsibility of passing a budget,” Rep. Gallagher said. “It’s time we change business as usual and force Congress to do its job. And if Congress is unwilling to do so, then they should pay the price to fly home – not the American People,” Rep. Gallagher concluded.
Under current law, members’ official travel expenses are paid via a federal fund allotted to each congressional office. Rep. Gallagher’s amendment would make it so that members cannot be reimbursed for travel through this fund until Congress has passed a budget.
Read the text of Rep. Gallagher’s amendment here.