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Gov. Scott Announces Congress’ New Pay Plan: “Full-Time Salary For Full-Time Work”

MEDLEY, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the latest proposal of his “Make Washington Work” plan: requiring Congress to work full-time in order to receive their full-time salary. Over the course of the past 15 months, the Senate has only held substantive sessions on Friday two times – instead preferring to operate with three-day works weeks, with votes starting on Monday evening and ending on Thursday afternoon. Members also enjoy extended “recess periods,” like the annual month-long break in August.

As a result, Congress often fails to secure results for the Americans they serve, and frequently rushes to complete its most basic legislative work, even by voting on bills without reading them. While Washington politicians like Bill Nelson spend less than half their time doing their jobs in Washington, they still collect an annual salary of $174,000 – more than double what the average American family makes.

Governor Scott’s proposal will require members to put in a full work week, whether in Washington or in their districts, in order to keep their annual salary. Additionally, extended “recess periods” like the month-long August break, will be permanently eliminated.

Governor Rick Scott said, “For too long, career politicians have been getting away with putting in the minimum effort possible to keep their jobs. This is unacceptable. The gridlocks we see every day in Washington show that Congress clearly doesn’t give themselves enough time to get anything done. That is why the next proposal of my ‘Make Washington Work’ plan is requiring Congress to put in full-time work in order to receive a full-time salary, just like hard working Americans across the country. Florida business leaders know that the only way to ensure success is to show up every day, work hard and fight for your company and employees, and we should expect nothing less from our elected officials in Washington.”

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 four 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.
  • Ending wasteful spending in Washington through a line item veto.
  • Requiring Congress to pass an annual budget and meet appropriations bill deadlines, or forgo their own salaries until the job is done.

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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