Ribble, Rigell, Cooper, Schrader Launch Bipartisan Fix Congress Now Caucus

Washington D.C. — Today Congressmen Reid Ribble (R-WI), Scott Rigell (R-VA), Jim Cooper (D-TN), and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) appeared together in front of the U.S. Capitol to send a clear message to America: Congress is broken, and we’re ready to fix it. At a press conference Wednesday, Rigell, Ribble, Cooper, and Schrader formally launched the Fix Congress Now Caucus, a small but committed body of like-minded, reform-driven members.

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Reid Ribble:

“I ran for office for the same reason that I helped start the Fix Congress Now Caucus. I want to ensure that my children and grandchildren can experience America as it should be: the land of opportunity. We want the Fix Congress Now Caucus to be a vehicle to correct the systemic dysfunction that has plagued Washington - regardless of party affiliation. If our colleagues on both sides of the aisle stand with us and work toward commonsense solutions, then we can make sure that generations to come have a chance at the American dream.”

Scott Rigell:

“The American people recognize that Washington is broken. This is underscored by the fact that the 112th Congress has an underwhelming 12 percent approval rating. It is a sobering reality that Congress is, indeed, in need of reform, and it’s time we do something about it. We must strive for a civil tone in Washington. In all debates we have here, we must seek the true facts and not question each other’s motives, but do not mistake civility for weakness.  Each of us is firmly rooted in our principles, but we are also committed to seeking the common ground that Americans expect us to find to address this nation’s great challenges.”

Jim Cooper:

“Diagnosis is the first step to treatment. So I’m glad my colleagues are recognizing that Congress is broken. By tackling reform, this caucus will push for medicine – like No Budget, No Pay – that Congress could actually swallow.”

Kurt Schrader:

“One of the fundamental responsibilities of Congress is to designate a fiscally responsible budget for which the Federal government has to operate.  If we cannot perform this most basic task, we have no right to be collecting a paycheck from hardworking American taxpayers who rely on us to do so.”

Background on No Budget, No Pay:

As the first practical expression of the Fix Congress Now goal, the founders, flanked by other members who have signed on to support their efforts, announced their unanimous support for H.R. 3643 ‘No Budget, No Pay,’ a bill introduced in the House by Cooper and in the Senate by former House Member Dean Heller of Nevada.

The bill essentially establishes ‘pay for performance’ in Congress.  It prohibits payment to any Member of Congress if both houses of Congress have not approved a concurrent resolution on the budget for a fiscal year before October 1 of that fiscal year and have not passed all the regular appropriations bills for the next fiscal year by the same date.

For more information about Fix Congress Now Caucus and its mission visit: http://rigell.house.gov/FCNC/