Gov. Rick Scott Announces His “Make Washington Work” Plan
MEDLEY, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today rolled out the second proposal of his “Make Washington Work” Plan to require a supermajority vote of two-thirds of each house of Congress to approve any tax or fee increase before it can become law. Just like Governor Scott has championed this year in Florida, this proposal will help ensure Congress rightfully treats tax and fee increases as an absolute last resort, not as a knee-jerk reaction to fund government waste. While Governor Scott has championed cutting taxes nearly 100 times over the past seven and a half years, as a U.S. Senator, Bill Nelson has voted in favor of higher taxes and fees more than 300 times.
The Governor’s “Make Washington Work” Plan will be aimed squarely at reforming the dysfunctional and tired ways of thinking in Washington in order to make it actually work for families across the nation – not just for career politicians in DC. Governor Scott previously announced his first proposal of his “Make Washington Work” Plan to require term limits in Congress.
Governor Rick Scott said, “For far too long, Washington has only worked to help the career politicians. This old way of thinking must stop now. Today I am rolling out my second proposal of my ‘Make Washington Work’ Plan that will help reform Washington so that it actually works for families. Requiring a supermajority vote of two-thirds of each house of Congress to approve any tax or fee increase before it can become law is common sense.
“I know that many people will say this cannot be done, or that this has been proposed and failed before. That way of old thinking by career politicians is what has allowed Washington to become so dysfunctional. Today, Florida is proof that we can get things done when others say we can’t. Just this year, we fought to get Amendment 5 on the November ballot so Floridians have the opportunity to vote to make it harder for politicians to raise taxes and fees in Florida.
“Career politicians often see raising taxes and fees as the only way to fund government waste, regardless of the impact it could have on families or job creators. In Florida, we know that keeping more money in the hands of our hardworking taxpayers and job creators is the best way to ensure long-term economic growth. It is time to bring that way of thinking to Washington and that is what I am going to do as a U.S. Senator.”
The Governor will be unveiling multiple proposals of his “Make Washington Work” Plan. Additional details on the supermajority vote proposal, as well as more information on the Governor’s “Make Washington Work Plan” will be released over the coming months.