Fourth Congressional District candidate Doug Owens introduced the first of several reforms that will make up his Accountability and Ethics Reform Plan designed to strengthen ethical guidelines to hold lawmakers in Washington more accountable to the people they represent.
Owens is proposing a measure that would withhold lawmakers’ pay if a budget is not passed by both houses of Congress by the first day of the fiscal year. No lawmaker in Washington would draw a salary when the government is shut down.
“My parents raised me to put public service and giving back ahead of personal gain,” said Owens. “Too many politicians in Washington are more concerned about the perks of the job than getting things done for the people they represent. In Congress, I’ll fight to pass a “No Budget, No Pay” law so that when members of Congress don’t do their jobs, they don’t get paid.”