Carlos Beruff campaign rolls out 10-point plan to reform Congress
Term limits, a federal balanced budget amendment and docking the pay of members of Congress for missing votes are among a list of reforms U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Beruff said he'll advocate for if he is elected.
It is all part of an "End Government Greed" program that the land developer from Manatee County outlined on Wednesday that also includes imposing a lifetime ban on members of Congress ever becoming lobbyists and reducing federal employees - not including the military - by 20 percent.
"Some of these reforms may be controversial and you can bet that the political class in Washington will say that they’re extreme or unrealistic," Beruff said in a statement to the media in advance of a speech he was expected to deliver to the Lake County Republican Party on Wednesday night in Mount Dora. "But the people of Florida know that we need bold ideas and real change in Washington, not more of the same."
Both term limits and the balanced budget proposal would require a change to the U.S. Constitution. That would require a constitutional convention and at least 38 states voting to ratify the proposed amendment.
Beruff's 10 point program (more on each on his website here):
LIFETIME BAN ON CONGRESSMEN, SENATORS AND CABINET SECRETARIES FROM BECOMING LOBBYISTS
NO BUDGET, NO PAY- FOR CONGRESS, THE PRESIDENT, AND THE CABINET
NO “CATCH-ALL” SPENDING BILLS
BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION
REQUIRE A SUPER MAJORITY TO INCREASE TAXES
REPEAL AUTOMATIC PAY RAISES FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
TIE CONGRESS’ PAY TO PERCENTAGE OF VOTES CAST/MISSED
EVERY LAW CONGRESS PASSES MUST APPLY TO CONGRESS
REDUCE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CIVILIAN WORKFORCE BY 20%