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WI Congress delegation split on No Budget-No Pay vote


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSAU) - The No Budget, No Pay Act which passed the House of Representatives this week had support from both sides of the isle. One of them was 3rd District Democratic Congressman Ron Kind.

Although he supported it, Kind is critical of how Congress has failed to create a long term solution. Kind criticized his Republican colleagues, saying they “are again putting a Band-Aid on the problem.” The La Crosse Congressman says, “We cannot continue to have this argument every few months” which “creates waves of uncertainty for both families and businesses and expect our economy to grow.”

Kind believes it would be catastrophic if the U.S. didn’t extend the debt limit, since it would have a negative effect on our economy and world markets. He says, “Though it’s not perfect, this bill keeps us from defaulting on our obligations and is the right thing to avoid economic disaster,”

The 3rd District Democrat voted with Republicans on this temporary debt limit bill, saying, “Wisconsinites know hard work and they know if they don’t do their jobs, they don’t get paid. Members of Congress should have to abide by the same rules. It’s time to do our job, make the tough decisions to get our fiscal house in order, and lay out a bipartisan, long-term solution to our budget deficits.”

The No Budget, No Pay Act was proposed by the No Labels organization, which promotes itself as a grassroots movement of Democrats, Republicans and independents dedicated to promoting a new politics of problem solving.

The vote passed by a count of 285-144. Thirty-three Republicans opposed the measure, while 86 Democrats voted to approve it. The Wisconsin delegation votes as follows:  AYES: Paul Ryan, Reid Ribble, Ron Kind, Sean Duffy, Mark Pocan.  NOES: Thomas Petri, James Sensenbrenner Gwen Moore,