Gov. Scott Announces Proposal to End Wasteful Spending in D.C

Third Proposal of “Make Washington Work” Plan to Reform Washington

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today announced the third proposal of his “Make Washington Work” plan to end wasteful spending in Washington by providing the executive branch with the constitutional ability to remove individual budget projects through a line item veto. Just like in Florida, a line item veto gives more oversight to the budget process and helps ensure taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely and with the best return on investment. Governor Scott has saved Floridians nearly $2.4 billion by using his line item veto authority to eliminate more than 1,800 pet projects from state budgets over the past seven and a half years.

Governor Rick Scott said, “As governor, I reviewed the state budget line by line every single year and eliminated projects that did not demonstrate a strong return on investment in order to protect taxpayer dollars. Ultimately, the only way to make government function is to say no to some spending requests, which is something the federal government does not know how to do. Our focus on spending responsibly in Florida means more funding has been available to pay down state debt and invest in what matter most to our families, like supporting our education system and protecting our environment. This focus has clearly been missing in Washington, which is why the third proposal of my ‘Make Washington Work Plan’ will help hold Congress accountable for wasteful spending.

“We’ve shown in Florida that a line item veto is an important tool to defend the best interest of our families and ensure taxpayer dollars are being spent responsibly. Washington should be creating budgets that serve Americans, not the political ambitions of career politicians. After all, it’s not the government’s money, it’s the money of hardworking American families and job creators, and that money deserves to stay in their pockets. Career politicians from both parties have one thing in common – they love spending taxpayer money. A line item veto makes certain Americans are getting the most value for their investment and will help finally put a stop to Congress’ enthusiasm for wasteful spending.”

The Governor’s “Make Washington Work” Plan is 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 D.C. Governor Scott has announced the first two proposals of his “Make Washington Work” Plan: implementing term limits in Congress and requiring a supermajority vote of two-thirds of each house of Congress to approve any tax or fee increase before it can become law. More details on the additional proposals of the Governor’s “Make Washington Work” plan will be released over the coming months.