Governor Scott in Jacksonville
Governor Scott in Jacksonville.

It seems like a simple proposal – When Congress can’t pass an annual budget, Senators and Representatives don’t get their paycheck. It’s what Governor Rick Scott proposed Tuesday as part of his “Make Washington Work” Plan. Considering that Congress has failed to pass an appropriations bill on time for 22 straight years, it’s also a proposal that will go over like a lead ballon in Washington. Scott’s opponent, Bill Nelson has served in the Senate 17 of those 22 years.

“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,” said Governor Scott.  “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.”

This is the fourth proposal in Governor Scott’s “Make Washington Work” Plan. The first three proposals are: imposing term limits in Congress, requiring a supermajority 2/3rds vote in the House and Senate to approve a tax or fee increase, and passage of a line item veto, giving the President the opportunity to slash pork barrel projects.

Scott made Tuesday’s initial announcement in Naples, and will make stops in Tampa and Jacksonville later in the day.

Governor Scott’s campaign has been boosted by a CBS News poll released over the weekend showing him with a 5-point lead over the incumbent Democrat. Those type of poll numbers will further boost Scott’s ability to raise money for his campaign. New campaign finance reports show his campaign raised more than $670,000 during May.



David Bishop is a native Floridian, husband and father. During his 30 year career, David has been a journalist, political operative and communications consultant.