After introducing the Public Service Reform Act in May, Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) has written an op-ed in the Washington Times to rationalize the legislation in hopes that it makes it to President Joe Biden’s (D) desk.
The bill, which looks to “boost the accountability of federal employees,” would make said workers at-will employees “ensure faithful service to the American people.”
“Here’s what will make or break your success every single time: You have to have good people behind you who are mission-focused. If your team isn’t with you, it doesn’t matter how great your ideas are; you’ll fail. That’s bad for a business, and it’s even worse when it happens in government,” writes Sen. Scott.
“While the vast majority of federal employees are good, hardworking people, it takes only a few with bad intentions to gum up policy and bring projects, and even whole agencies, to a grinding halt.”
Sen. Scott would also call for “term limits” on unelected bureaucrats, calling them the “ruling class” and blaming them for our economic obstacles.
“While we must pass the Public Service Reform Act to get this done, I also think we need to put term limits on unelected bureaucrats. The permanent ruling class in Washington is bankrupting us with inflation and debt, so they must be removed,” Scott stated.
Congressman Chip Roy (R-TX) introduced companion legislation in the House alongside Scott.
“It is far past time to reinstate accountability to the people for the federal bureaucracy by requiring that like any private sector employee, federal workers can be removed from their positions,” mentioned Rep. Roy. “Notwithstanding the majority of federal workers who faithfully serve, especially our law enforcement personnel, we should not allow a wall of red tape to shield those engaged in noncompliance with the law and brazen political partisanship. Federal employees should keep their jobs based on merit, just like the people they serve."
Co-sponsors in the House include Representatives Erin Houchin (R-IN), Andy Ogles (R-TN), Troy Nehls (R-TX), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Warren Davidson (R-OH), Dan Bishop (R-NC), Bob Good (R-VA), Harriet Hageman (R-WY), and Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL)
Missouri Senator Eric Schmitt (R) joined Scott as a co-sponsor.