Rick Scott Moves to Suspend Congressional Pay

Rick Scott Moves to Suspend Congressional Pay

Jim McCool
Jim McCool
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March 7, 2021

As the biggest COVID relief bill passed in the Senate, Democrats were quick to jam unrelated COVID policy into the bill that is intended to supply the American people with relief funds.

The bill with $1.9 trillion in funds, has already attracted many criticisms in its break down, as the term, “9%” trended on Twitter last week, since the bill only funnels 9% of its funds to private citizens and 1% going towards vaccine distribution.

In response to the partisan and perceived reckless legislation, Florida Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) fired back at wasteful spending with his No Budget, No Pay proposal, which requires Congress to meet appropriations bill deadlines, or forgoes their own salaries until the job is done.”

Scott pulled the trigger on this amendment last week as he believes that, “Washington’s dysfunction is at an all-time high.”

Scott responded to the Democrats delaying the $2 trillion bill vote until late into the night, “It’s clear Democrats don’t want to work with Republicans to get things done, but I will never stop fighting to make Washington work for the people.”

This is the very reason Scott introduced his amendment on the Senate floor as it imposes new regulations on how budget votes will ensue.  Scott puts it plainly, “if members of Congress cannot work together to pass a budget, they should not get paid.”

The, No Budget, No Pay proposal, is exactly what Scott says it is— Congressional pay will be suspended congressional pay until a budget can be agreed upon.

Coming from a less fortunate family to owning a business, Scott claims that there is, “no reason members of Congress shouldn’t be held to the same exact standard as the American people.”

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Jim McCool

Jim McCool

Jim is a Pre-law student and has lived in Florida for 15 years. He is a member of the Benjamin Franklin Society of Scholars, received the 'Spirit of the American Legion' award, and was the President and founder of his high school's debate and moot court teams. On the side, he enjoys football, academics, politics and is a self-proclaimed patriot.