Port Orange, Fla. – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) announced today that he will introduce the James Madison Congressional Accountability Act in response to the Office of Personnel Management’s ruling that members of Congress and their staffs will receive a special taxpayer-financed subsidy not available to other Americans using health care exchanges. This legislation will prohibit members of Congress and congressional staff from receiving any government contributions with respect to an exchange-based health care plan that is not available to the American people.
“Although many members of Congress don't like it, the text of ObamaCare makes members share the same fate as the millions of Americans who will see their employer-based health insurance arrangements upended due to this ill-conceived law,” Rep. DeSantis said. “The Obama administration cannot override the law and grant special subsidies to members of Congress and their staffs. It is also patently unfair -- and contrary to our founding principles -- to grant special relief to members of the governing class while leaving the rest of America to bear the costs.”
The James Madison Congressional Accountability Act is yet another effort by Rep. DeSantis to restore the founding principles of representational government to Washington, DC. Rep. DeSantis has previously proposed a 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution that will ensure Congress is held accountable for the laws they pass as well as bipartisan legislation to sequester congressional pay.