Rick Scott slams House Democrats for proposed pay boost
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The proposal is a $4,500 salary hike.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott was appalled by a proposal this week from Congressional Democrats, who seek to raise their salaries.

“Instead of solving real issues important to American families — like lowering the cost of prescription drugs and securing our border — Democrats are focused on raising their own salaries,” Scott said, of the suggested $4,500 annual salary bump.

POLITICO notes that would be a 2.6 percent increase, the first raise in a decade.

“Democrats want to get paid MORE while proposing radical ideas, like the Green New Deal and Medicare-for-All, that will force Americans to get paid LESS,” Scott remonstrated.

The Senator deems this proposal “the latest example of how backward Washington is.”

“I’m fighting every day to make government work for Americans, not for career politicians looking to get wealthy off taxpayers,” Scott added, noting his “Make Washington Work plan … includes a bill to end automatic pay raises for members of Congress.”

That plan would impose 12-year caps on terms for lawmakers, end pay raises for lawmakers, and ban lawmakers from lobbying for 10 years after leaving Congress.

It would also require a two-thirds supermajority for tax hikes and a Presidential line-item veto.

Scott has pushed reform measures since going to D.C., though at times higher-profile members of Congress have stolen his thunder.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


  • Ed Freeman

    June 6, 2019 at 5:54 am

    Yes, if Democrats would just steal billions of dollars from the sick, the poor and the elderly like Rick Scott did they would never need a raise again. What an embarrassing buffoon.

    • gary

      June 7, 2019 at 12:21 pm

      Why are Democrats such bad losers? Grow up, and get over it ED!

      • Ed Freeman

        June 7, 2019 at 11:45 pm

        Not a chance! You can vote for as many criminals for public office and to hold safe our public treasury as you like. I will always object to thieves and other criminals in high office. Prick Scott and Donald Trump are both far more deserving of prison than they are of public office.

  • Jim

    June 6, 2019 at 6:33 am

    “a two per cent raise, the first in a decade.” Those Dem thieves! They should just find another gig, like, as Ed suggests, stealing from the sick and the poor.

  • gary

    June 7, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    They are overpaid as it is! They refuse to work on any policy that matters to the people, yet cry about making more money! They can all go to hell. We need term limits, and their pay should be equal to the average income of the middle class in their district! They live and act like royalty and think they rule us, the founders never thought for a second that anyone would make being in congress a career.

    • Ed Freeman

      June 7, 2019 at 11:49 pm

      You must be talking about Donald Trump, he is the only American public official, Democrat or Republican, I’ve seen acting like royalty.

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