U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer wants to make sure there are repercussions if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling and causes the federal government to default on its bills.
The Rancho Mirage Democrat today joined Rep. Jim McDermott, a Washington Democrat, in introducing the Pay Your Bills or Lose Your Pay Act of 2013.
“If members of Congress are willing to let America become a deadbeat nation by not paying our bills, we should not be paid our salaries,” Boxer said in a statement this morning.
“Our legislation would help prevent a catastrophic default by putting pressure on lawmakers to do the right thing and honor our nation’s financial obligations.”
The debt ceiling has, in recent years, become a point of political tension between Republicans and Democrats.
According to Boxer’s office, this bill would put the salaries for members of Congress into an escrow account until the debt ceiling is increased or until the legislative session ends.
It is based on language that was included when officials increased the debt ceiling in January.
“America has always paid our bills,” McDermott said in the statement. “We are not a nation of deadbeats. This isn’t a debate about curbing expenses, it’s about fulfilling the promises we’ve already made.”