Newly elected Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, voted on Wednesday for a bill to suspend the country's debt ceiling for three months. Included in the bill is a stipulation that if Congress does not approve an annual budget, members will have their salaries withheld.
"The short-term debt ceiling suspension bill that I voted for is not a perfect plan, and while I'd prefer to see a clean debt ceiling vote, this bill will bring more certainty to financial markets and maintain the full faith and credit of the United States government," Bera said in a news release.
"What's more, if members of Congress can't do their jobs and pass a responsible budget, they don't deserve to get paid," said Bera, whose district includes Herald. "Now it's time to work together to come up with a responsible budget that reduces our debt, while keeping our country safe, and preserving essential programs that people in California's 7th District count on."