It was a bit gimmicky, but the bill to avert an immediate fight over raising the federal debt ceiling included a good message: “No budget, no pay.” The bill says that if either the House or Senate fails to pass a budget — something the Senate hasn’t done in nearly four years — then that chamber’s members would have their salaries withheld. It’s gimmicky because lawmakers still would get their full pay at the end of the congressional session, and it is appropriations bills, not the budget, that actually spend taxpayers’ money. Still, if it takes an attention-grabbing gimmick to persuade Congress to do its job, so be it. Spelling out spending priorities and how to pay for them is a fundamental responsibility of lawmakers.

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