Oregon Public Broadcasting

Oregon Congressman Kurt Schrader joined one other Democrat and two Republicans at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday to say Congress is broken.

Schrader says the four representatives want to pass a bill that would stop paychecks to Congress until both the Senate and the House have approved a budget.

He explained, "People at home understand in a heartbeat that if you don't get the job done, you shouldn't get paid. Every business works that way, even in a household, you develop a budget that you live by. The Senate has already had a hearing on this bill, so I don't think it's a complete long-shot."

The Congressmen also announced the creation of the "Fix Congress Now Caucus." It has picked up 48 members so far.

Unlike committees, which consider and write legislation, caucuses have no official role in developing bills. But they can influence the passage of legislation.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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