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24 February 2012

Saxby Supports Paul Broun's Budget or Bust Act

Twenty-three days ago, Georgia Congressman Paul Broun introduced House Resolution 3883; the Budget or Bust Act.

H.R. 3883 would mandate Congress pass a budget or forgo their paychecks.

At the time of the bill's introduction, Broun said passing a budget is "one of Congress’s most basic and most important responsibilities."

"My Budget or Bust Act forces the House and Senate to finally pass a budget, or else our salaries will be held as collateral until Congress can get its job done," Broun said.

Twenty-three days later, Congress still has not passed a budget. As a result, twenty-three days later, Broun's Budget or Bust Act now finds itself with a new supporter.

U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R - Georgia) cosponsored legislation Wednesday that would prohibit members of Congress from receiving pay if the congressional budget and appropriations process is not completed by the start of the fiscal year on October 1.

“It is unacceptable that it has been more than 1,000 days since Congress passed a budget,” said Chambliss in a press release.

"It is also unacceptable that members of Congress continue to receive paychecks for a job they aren’t doing,” he continued. “This bill is a step in the right direction towards holding Congress accountable and balancing the federal budget.

"With this bill, if the congressional appropriations and budget process is not completed by October 1, congressional salaries --including staff salaries-- would cease until appropriations are completed. Members would not receive their lost salaries retroactively."

Chambliss cosponsors 'no budget, no pay' bill. Moultrie Observer. Retrieved on 2012-2-24.

The Budget or Bust Act is not a bad bill. We hire our elected officials in Washington to do a job. That job includes passing a budget. If Congress does not do its job, why should they get paid?

The Budget or Bust Act doesn't go far enough though.

If Congress does not do its job, Congress does not get paid; yes. The lost salaries of Congress should be returned to the taxpayers; absolutely.