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22 April 2014

Democrat Michelle Nunn Channels Her Inner Paul Broun, Endorses His "No Budget, No Pay" Bill

Two years ago, Republican Paul Broun introduced House Resolution 3883.

H.R. 3883 was a very simple, three-page bill. It said if Congress doesn't pass a budget, then the members don't get paid.

At the time of the legislation's introduction, Broun said, "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."

Later in 2012, United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R - Georgia) cosponsored Broun's "No Budget, No Pay" bill, saying, "It is unacceptable that it has been more than 1,000 days since Congress passed a 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 continued.

Two years later, we find Democrat Michelle Nunn joining Republicans in saying Congress should pass a budget or not get paid.

Greg Bluestein of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution points us to a new Nunn ad, where she says, "I don’t think congressmen should get paid unless they pass a budget."

"Crazy" and "off-base" are a couple of the kinder things folks have said about Georgia Republican Paul Broun. But in this case, Broun doesn't seem that crazy, because he can now proudly say the Democrats' hand-picked U.S. Senate candidate agrees with him.