• First of all, happy 4th of July. Secondly, I want to applaud (U.S.) Rep. Tim Burchett (R-2nd District) and his bill to make good on his promise to financially penalize House and Senate members who refuse to pass a balanced budget. Especially since right now, there are members of the House of Representatives who want to give themselves a raise. In private industry, if you are not making a profit, if you are not doing your job, you do not get raises or bonuses. I think the majority of us all live on a budget. (The House) and Senate need to do the same.