Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today issued the following after more House Republicans -- including Republican Study Chairman Jim Jordan (OH-04) -- pledged their support to H.R. 3883, the Budget or Bust Act. Dr. Broun's bill would remove the President from the budgetary process and force Congress to pass a budget or go unpaid:
"Producing a budget is one of Congress's most basic and most important responsibilities. I firmly believe that if Members of Congress fail to fulfill our duties to the American people, we shouldn't be getting paid -- and it's clear that many of my colleagues feel the same way. 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.
"Additionally, my bill returns the power of the purse to its rightful owner, which our Founding Fathers determined to be Congress, not the President. The Budget or Bust Act repeals a requirement created in 1921 for the President to submit an annual budget -- an act that both Houses of Congress have used as a crutch.
"It is completely unacceptable that the last time the Senate passed a budget was more than 1,015 days ago. Perhaps if we put Member's paychecks on the line -- we could get some work done in Washington."