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Gov. Scott Announces Plan to Increase Accountability and Transparency for Congressional Spending

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the latest proposal of his “Make Washington Work” plan: eliminate the practice of catch-all omnibus bills, which can total thousands of pages and trillions of dollars in spending, in order to encourage increased transparency and deliberation in Congress. Just like it is already required in Florida, Governor Scott will also work to ensure all legislation addresses a single subject only in Congress. Additionally, the Governor’s proposal will include requiring Congress to pass each of its 12 spending bills separately, rather than wrapping all its work for the year into one massive bill.

When Congress fails to pass its spending bills separately, they often get jammed into one, giant omnibus bill, which makes it easier for members to add in pet projects and pork barrel spending. Congress has failed to pass appropriations bills on time for twenty-two straight years, leading to more omnibus bills and more wasteful spending. In fact, Bill Nelson has voted in favor of the last 13 omnibus bills, including this year’s spending bill, which spanned more than 2,200 pages and increased federal spending by hundreds of billions of dollars. The text of this bill was also not released until shortly before Congress voted in favor of its passage, leaving no time for a transparent review process.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Politicians in Washington already do not give themselves enough time to get things done, and as a result, they frequently rush to complete their most basic legislative work – which is just one reason why unrelated projects costing trillions of dollars are often crammed into huge, catch-all pieces of legislation. Even more frustrating is that Washington politicians seem to rarely put forth the time or effort required to actually read these massive bills, so they don’t know what taxpayer dollars are being spent on before voting for it. As a result, Congress gets away with passing irrelevant and costly measures that puts more of the burden on hardworking taxpayers across the country. These are deceptive practices that have no place in government. Taxpayers deserve transparency and accountability when it comes to spending their hard-earned dollars. Eliminating the concept of omnibus bills is an important step to putting our nation on the path to responsible spending, and I look forward to fighting for this in the U.S. Senate.”

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 previously announced the first five 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; and
  • Requiring Congress to put in full-time work for a full-time salary, just like hard working Americans across the country.

 

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