Good Government

“Americans have lost faith in Congress and in their leaders’ abilities to get things done because the system is broken. I’m fighting every day to hold Members of Congress accountable, to roll back congressional perks, and to force them to do their jobs or don’t get paid.” – Stephanie Murphy

Quick Notes

  • Stephanie introduced legislation that would enact a lifetime ban on former Members of Congress from becoming lobbyists, flying first class, or getting automatic pay increases.
  • Stephanie introduced “No Budget, No Pay,” which requires Members of Congress to pass a budget on time or they don’t get paid.
  • Stephanie introduced a reasonable balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution to force Congress to get its fiscal house in order.
  • Stephanie, endorsed by End Citizens United, is fighting to pass campaign finance reform and supports overturning the Citizens United decision to get dark money out of politics.

Stephanie believes fixing Washington starts with Congress, which is why she introduced in the FAITH in Congress Act to hold Members of Congress accountable and restore Americans’ faith in their government.

Murphy’s bill would enact a lifetime ban on former Members of Congress from becoming lobbyists, it would prohibit Members of Congress from flying first class on taxpayers’ dime, it would stop automatic pay increases for Members of Congress, require Congress to prioritize bipartisan bills, and would require Congress to pass an actual budget every year or they don’t get paid.

It is past time to get control of our deficit spending and for Congress to resume regular order. Last-minute, self-inflicted budget crises and debt ceiling battles destabilize our markets and make it impossible for businesses and federal agencies to plan for the future. That’s why Stephanie has helped introduce “No Budget, No Pay” – a bill that simply says if Congress doesn’t do their job and pass a budget and all appropriations bills on time, they don’t get paid until they do.

Passing a budget on time – and then holding spending to that budget – is the only way we’re going to stop runaway deficit spending and start balancing the budget. If that doesn’t work, Stephanie also supports a reasonable balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Her proposal would protect Social Security and Medicare, while also suspending the requirement in times of war, natural disaster, or economic downturn.

By forcing Members of Congress to do their jobs, we will bring certainty to our country and to the markets, and the American people won’t be subjected to manufactured budgeting crises or pointless government shutdowns.

Stephanie also believes there is too much money in politics, which is why she is working in Congress to pass comprehensive campaign finance reform that forces Congress to actually listen to the American people – not the lobbyists lining their own pockets.

Stephanie is proudly endorsed by End Citizens United and supports a constitutional amendment to overturn the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, which opened the floodgates of dark, special interest money that is damaging our political process and preventing Congress from actually getting results for American families.  She is also a strong advocate for more accountability and transparency in our political process and will fight to take the reins of government back from the special interests.