Thursday marked 1,009 days since the United States Senate last passed a federal budget.
It's an essential role of Congress, and if Rep. Paul Broun gets his way, no lawmaker on Capitol Hill would get paid without first passing a budget.
The Republican lawmaker is introducing the "Budget or Bust Act," which would hold all 535 lawmakers' salaries hostage until they approve a budget.
The measure would also remove the office of the president from the budgeting process altogether.
Broun said his bill honors the intent of the founding fathers and would hold members of Congress more accountable.
"If this was in law today, do you think the Senate would ... have gone over a thousand days without getting a salary? I think not," Broun said.
He is now trying to build support for the bill among colleagues on Capitol Hill.