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Gov. Scott Releases No Budget, No Pay Proposal

“If Congress can’t do its job – politicians shouldn’t be paid”

NAPLES, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today announced the fourth proposal of his “Make Washington Work” plan: require Congress to pass an annual budget and meet appropriations bill deadlines, or forgo their own salaries until the job is done. While funding government and passing a budget is one of its most basic responsibilities, Congress has failed to pass appropriations bills on time for twenty-two straight years, and has allowed Floridians to be negatively impacted by multiple government shutdowns. Despite these failures, congressional salaries have never been affected.

Since Bill Nelson arrived in Congress, Congress has failed to pass a budget 12 times, and the federal government has shut down six times. On all occasions, Nelson has never forgone his salary and has refused to support legislation that would stop congressional pay during a government shutdown. Despite failing to do his job, Nelson has collected an estimated $4.4 million in taxpayer-funded salary and taken 12 pay raises during his time in office.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Funding government is one of the most basic responsibilities of Congress, but not even the fear of a government shutdown has proven to be enough to motivate Congress to produce a timely budget. When the government shuts down because of Congress’ inaction, Floridians are the ones that are impacted, and we’ve had enough. It is unbelievable that career politicians in Washington still collect pay checks backed by taxpayer dollars when they fail to do their jobs. During the most recent government shutdown, I urged politicians to forgo their salaries – but Bill Nelson refused. Just like in the real world, politicians should only get paid if they show up, get to work, and get the job done.”

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 three proposals of his “Make Washington Work” Plan: implementing term limits in Congress, requiring a supermajority vote of two-thirds of each house of Congress to approve any tax or fee increase before it can become law, and ending wasteful spending in Washington through a line item veto. More details on the additional proposals of the Governor’s “Make Washington Work” plan will be released over the coming months.

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