U.S. representatives John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, and Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, and Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, voted Wednesday for measure to extend the debt ceiling by three months and to withhold lawmaker salaries if no federal budget is passed by April 15.
The No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 "is the first step in very tough choices that we must make in the months to come," Shimkus said in a statement.
Also in a written statement, Enyart said that "Washington has given Southern Illinois middle class families enough heartburn, so we cannot afford to waste any time in getting serious about our spending problem."
The bill, which passed the U.S. House 285-144, mandates that both the U.S. House and Senate adopt a budget resolution for 2014 by April 15, 2013.
Davis, in a written statement, said he was "proud to support The No Budget, No Pay Act because it is based on a very simple principle -- if Congress does not pass a budget, Congress does not get paid. This bill will finally hold Congress accountable and begin putting America on a debt repayment plan and save future generations from paying for mistakes of the past."
If either chamber fails to adopt a budget, then members of Congress would see their paychecks withheld until a budget is approved, according to the measure's provisions.
The lawmakers' paychecks would be placed in an escrow account, the contents of which would be paid to them by the end of the 113th congress even if no budget ever passes.