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Committee Fields Ideas to ‘Fix’ Congress

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call
Rep. Jim Cooper is sponsoring a proposal trumpeted by the outside group No Labels that would block lawmakers’ paychecks if Congress fails to pass a budget and appropriations measures on time.

But the bill’s chances for passage or even consideration in the Senate appear to be slim.

Collins indicated after the hearing that she and Lieberman were not targeting the pay legislation for a future markup, although some of the other proposals might be considered.

“It’s a proposal I’m not sure really would be effective,” Collins told Roll Call after the hearing. “Not every Member has an equal ability to allow a budget to come to the floor.”

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