One of our greatest and happiest moments on November 6, 2012, was when Rep. King was projected to return to the 113th Congress. This vote is one of those that shows why. For a long time, Rep. King was a leader and strong advocate for fiscal responsibility (even back when our debt was $10 trillion). He has taken strong votes against raising the debt ceiling without spending cuts…like he did today.
He stated in a press release:
“The American people rightfully expect Congress to do its job, and that includes passing a budget.” said King. “However, while I support the concept of the ‘No Budget, No Pay’ bill, the 27th Amendment to our Constitution specifically says ‘No law, varying the compensation for services of Senators and Representatives, shall take effect’ until after an intervening election. The language is clear and unambiguous. I support the spirit of the bill, but it did not meet Constitutional standards.
Each member takes their own oath of fidelity to the constitution, and I respect the view of my colleagues who disagree. In order to keep my oath to the Constitution, my only choice was to vote no.”
Rep. Steve King has been one of the strongest leaders on the Constitution and for fiscal responsibility. We are so happy that he is still in congress and encourages him to keep up the great work (which we are sure he will do)!
Here’s the link to his press release: http://www.steveking.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4508&Itemid=300099
Here’s the link to the roll call vote: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2013/h30