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Make Washington Work

Governor Rick Scott’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. While Governor Scott will continue to release proposals throughout his campaign, the following proposals have been announced so far:

Term Limits

Career politicians are never going to change Washington, which is why Governor Scott is proposing to implement term limits for all members of Congress. There are term limits for the president, for most governors, and for state legislators in Florida – it should the same for Congressional members in Washington. Implementing term limits will help ensure elected officials work for Americans, not for themselves.

Supermajority vote to approve any tax or fee increase

Just like Governor Scott championed this year in Florida, he will work 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. This proposal helps ensure Congress rightfully treats tax and fee increases as an absolute last resort, not as a knee-jerk reaction to fund government waste. Governor Scott is committed to make it harder for politicians to raise your taxes and believes that keeping more money in the hands of hardworking taxpayers and job creators is the best way to ensure long-term economic growth.

Line Item Veto

Governor Scott is committed to ending 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.

No Budget, No Pay

Funding government is one of the most basic responsibilities of Congress, yet Congress has failed to pass all appropriations bills on time for twenty-two straight years. Florida has seen firsthand the negative impacts of government shutdowns, which is why Governor Scott will work to require Congress to pass an annual budget and meet appropriations bill deadlines, or they will be required to forgo their own salaries until the job is done – no budget, no pay. If Florida business owners failed to budget or do their jobs, they would be forced to shut their doors and families would be out of work. It’s not fair that we do not hold government to the same standards we hold ourselves, and Governor Scott’s proposal will ensure Congress is held accountable for the job they were elected to do.