Legislation proposed for a 28th amendment to the Constitution

Editor's Note: Here is the weekly message from Congressman Ron DeSantis, the Republican from St. Augustine, representing the 6th district that includes greater Daytona Beach...

Congressman Ron DeSantisWashington DC -- On Thursday, my colleague from Arizona, Matt Salmon, and I introduced what we hope will be the 28th amendment to the Constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting the citizens of the United States that does not also apply to the senators and representatives.

The idea that members of Congress should be able to create special exemptions from themselves is not only patently unfair, it is also contrary to the spirit of constitutionalism articulated by the Founding Fathers and reflected in the Constitution. As James Madison wrote in The Federalist No. 57, "the House of Representatives… can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as on the great mass of the society."

Please read our joint op-ed in the Washington Times (link below) making the case for the amendment and share your thoughts on Facebook (link below) if you agree that it’s time to bring accountability to Capitol Hill.

On the very day that Matt Salmon and I introduced this constitutional amendment that serves to prohibit Congress from exempting themselves from the laws that they pass, we received word that the Obama Administration has created an administrative rule that will relieve members of Congress and their staffs from the higher health care costs that the rest of America will bear under the 2010 health care law.

Congressman Ron DeSantis proposed legislation / Henry FrederickMy amendment is based on the simple notion that Congress must live under the same laws as everybody else. If Congress imposes burdens on the American people as a whole, then members of Congress must also face those burdens. This is an inarguable proposition if you believe in constitutional government.

According to press reports, the administration is going to take executive action because congressional leaders realized they had no chance at actually passing a statue conferring a special subsidy on Members of Congress. It is bad enough for Congress to create exemptions for themselves, but what the administration has done is even worse–the administration is simply creating special rules for Congress by fiat. Will the American people be granted the same relief from skyrocketing health insurance costs that the members of our self-anointed ruling class have granted themselves? Read more by clicking here.

This week, the House of Representatives also passed several bills to stop government overreach in Washington. The purpose of these bills is to stop government abuse, cut needless spending, and ensure that Members of Congress work for the people, not the other way around. One of the bills I voted in favor of was the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act. We’ve seen what the IRS has done with vetting political groups. Do we really want the IRS being the main implementer of ObamaCare? This legislation removes the IRS from implementing ObamaCare and protects private health care information and individual freedom of taxpayers. My proposed 28th amendment and this legislative package are intended to guarantee that Members of Congress live within the parameters they establish and that government is transparent and accountable.

Here is the link to the above-referenced Washington Times op-ed piece: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/aug/1/striking-a-blow-against-washingtons-ruling-class-m/.

Here is the link to the above-referenced DeSantis Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=559374880787243&set=a.464363606955038.108758.464253846966014&type=1.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.