Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) today introduced the No Exemption for Washington from ObamaCare Act. The No Exemption for Washington from ObamaCare Act will require members of Congress and congressional staff to abide by the terms of ObamaCare and discontinues taxpayer subsidies that were engineered by an Obama administration rule but which are not authorized by the law.
“While millions of Americans are struggling to pay their rising insurance premiums, members of Congress receive an illegal subsidy to soften the blow of the high costs of ObamaCare,” DeSantis said. “This scheme allows members of Congress to get lucrative subsidies through the D.C. Small Business exchange, which is limited by the law to businesses with fewer than 50 employees and is not, by the terms of the law, available to Congress, which has thousands of employees. Congress should abide by the laws that they pass and reject special perks not available to their constituents. Members of Congress should not be given special relief from the harmful effects of ObamaCare.”
DeSantis has been leading the charge to end these illegal ObamaCare subsidies since 2013.Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump today expressing support for his policy to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and asking him to immediately take action upon assuming office. In total, 102 members of Congress signed on to this letter; you can find a copy of the letter here.
“Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people and the U.S. should maintain its embassy in Israel’s capital city,” DeSantis said. “For decades, the State Department has indulged the conceit that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel, even though the Jewish presence in Jerusalem goes back thousands of years. I encourage President Trump to send a message to the world that the United States stands with our friends in Israel by relocating our embassy to Jerusalem.”
DeSantis also spoke on the House floor this morning to condemn the recent anti-Israel resolution adopted by the United Nations. Watch his speech here.Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis reintroduced the End Pensions in Congress (EPIC) Act today. This legislation would end pensions for all future Members of Congress as well as those currently serving who are not yet vested into the congressional retirement plan. DeSantis declined his pension when taking office, but believes pensions need to be discontinued across-the-board.
“Taxpayer-funded pensions for members of Congress are a relic of a bygone era and constitute a waste of taxpayer funds,” DeSantis said. “Taxpayer-funded pensions promote careerism in Congress and shield retired members of Congress from living and working under the laws that they pass. Ending pensions for members of Congress will help reform the culture of Washington and will help to drain the swamp.”
Holding Congress accountable to the American people has been a top priority for DeSantis. On January 3, 2017 DeSantis and Sen. Ted Cruz introduced a constitutional amendment to limit the number of terms that members of Congress may serve.
Washington, DC – Upon being sworn in to the 115th Congress today, Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) immediately introduced a constitutional amendment to limit the number of terms that members of Congress may serve. If adopted, members of the House could serve no more than three terms and Senators no more than two.
Speaker Paul Ryan along with Casey, Madison, and Ron DeSantis
“Congressional Term Limits are the first step towards reforming Washington and draining the swamp,” DeSantis said. “Term limits for members of Congress will change the prevailing Beltway power structure, realign incentives for members of Congress and bring accountability to Washington, DC. I thank President-elect Donald Trump for his support for term limits and will work hard to restore the citizen-legislator ethos of our Founding Fathers.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) introduced the Senate companion. Last month, DeSantis and Cruz penned an op-ed for the Washington Post outlining why term limits are a vital step towards restoring accountability on Capitol Hill. Read here.
“President Trump, Speaker Ryan and huge majorities of the American people are demanding term limits,” said U.S. Term Limits President Philip Blumel. “Congress must listen and pass the Cruz-DeSantis amendment immediately.”
By Ted Cruz and Ron DeSantis
December 9, 2017
On Election Day, the American people made a resounding call to “drain the swamp” that is modern Washington. Yet on Capitol Hill, we seem mired in the same cycle of complacency: The game hasn’t changed, and the players remain the same. Thankfully, there’s a solution available that, while stymied by the permanent political class, enjoys broad public support: congressional term limits.
During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump called for enacting term limits, and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) has endorsed the idea. As soon as the 115th Congress convenes, both of us will move to restore accountability among the entrenched Washington establishment by introducing a constitutional amendment to limit the number of terms that a member of Congress can serve to three in the House and two in the Senate.
Passing term limits will demonstrate that Congress has actually heard the voice of the people.
In an age in which partisan divisions seem intractable, it is remarkable that public support for congressional term limits is strong regardless of political affiliation — huge majorities of rank-and-file Republicans, Democrats and independents favor enacting this reform. Indeed, according to a Rasmussen survey conducted in October, 74 percent of likely voters support establishing term limits for all members of Congress. This is because the concept of a citizen legislature is integral to the model of our democratic republic.
Though our Founding Fathers declined to include term limits in the Constitution, they feared the creation of a permanent political class that existed parallel to, rather than enmeshed within, American society. As Benjamin Franklin said, “In free governments, the rulers are the servants, and the people their superiors. . . . For the former therefore to return among the latter was not to degrade but to promote them.”
We believe that the rise of political careerism in modern Washington is a drastic departure from what the founders intended of our federal governing bodies. To effectively “drain the swamp,” we believe it is past time to enact term limits for Congress.
The American people have lost confidence in Washington. Enmeshed in backroom deals and broken promises, our capital has become a political playground for the powerful and well-connected, for members of the permanent political class looking to accumulate more and more power at the expense of taxpayers. The Washington Cartel is hard at work picking winners and losers, with hard-working Americans typically winding up as the losers.
Term limits will change the calculus of those who serve in Congress.
Without term limits, the incentive for a typical member is to stay as long as possible to accumulate seniority on the way to a leadership post or committee chair. Going along to get along is a much surer path for career advancement than is challenging the way Washington does business.
With term limits, we will have more frequent changes in leadership and within congressional committees, giving reformers a better chance at overcoming the Beltway inertia that resists attempts to reduce the power of Washington.
The American people have offered Republicans an opportunity to enact meaningful change. They have rejected the status quo and put the Washington elites on notice that they will no longer accept the old way of doing business.
It is well past time to put an end to the cronyism that has transformed Washington into a graveyard of good intentions. Favors for the political elite have gone on for far too long. In Washington, where corruption and collusion abound, entrenched politicians live fat and happy cutting deals and breaking promises, while those who don’t oblige are shunned. Congressional term limits are critical to stopping the ongoing abuse by D.C. insiders.
The time is now for Congress, with the overwhelming support of the American people, to pass a constitutional amendment establishing congressional term limits and send it to the states for speedy ratification. With control of a decisive majority of the states, the executive branch, the House of Representatives and the Senate, the Republican Party has the responsibility to respond to the voters’ call to action. We must, and we can, deliver.
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) today issued the following statement praising President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to nominate Marine Corps General John Kelly as Secretary of Homeland Security:
“John Kelly served our country with distinction for decades as a U.S. Marine and I am glad to see him selected as the next Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. General Kelly possesses a keen understanding of national security and counterterrorism issues, and, as the former Commander of U.S. Southern Command, has virtually unrivaled experience in dealing with some of the key issues – such as border security and drug trafficking – that the next DHS Secretary will need to confront. The DHS bureaucracy has been ineffective for far too long. Naming someone of John Kelly’s stature and integrity to lead the troubled agency is a giant first step towards securing our borders and improving the defense of our homeland. I commend President-Elect Donald Trump for the decision to nominate General Kelly and I look forward to working with them both to improve our security.”Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) today voted to authorize critical defense spending as the House passed S. 2943, the Conference Report to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The NDAA provides for our national defense by authorizing a 2.1 percent pay raise for our military troops, denying proposed troop reductions and increasing Marine and Air Force personnel, authorizing funding for critical weapons systems, and providing for necessary training to maintain the United States military as the premiere fighting force in the world.
“Providing our troops with the tools and training they need to defend our shores is essential, especially during turbulent times,” DeSantis said. “Active-duty troops and their families have been asked to sacrifice greatly as our nation has fought against terrorism, and this pay raise is well-deserved. In addition, I am proud that the NDAA will authorize two amendments that I offered to combat sexual assault and protect national security.”
S. 2943 included two provisions originally offered by DeSantis:
This amendment will help commanders in the Army and Air Force better ensure good order and discipline within the ranks – including better prosecution of sexual assault cases – by adopting limited, career litigation tracks that permit military judge advocates to fill Uniform Code of Military Justice-related billets for the bulk of their careers. This amendment had previously been introduced as the Justice for Victims of Military Sexual Assault Act by DeSantis and Rep. Ryan Zinke (MT).
Prohibits funds for any bilateral military-to-military contact, cooperation, or related security conferences between the Governments of the United States and Cuba until the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence, certify to the appropriate congressional committees and Congress that the anti-American posture of the Castro regime has undergone a material change.Read More
Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) today issued the following statement applauding President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to nominate Marine Corps General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense:
"General James Mattis is a great choice for Secretary of Defense and I applaud President-Elect Donald Trump for nominating him to lead the Pentagon. As a Marine with decades of impeccable service under his belt, General Mattis knows as well as anyone what it takes to build and maintain a strong and capable fighting force. His leadership as SECDEF is most welcome given the significant national security challenges that our country faces. Whatever waiver he needs to serve should be provided by Congress as soon as possible."Read More
Disaster Recovery Centers have opened in Flagler, St. Johns, Putnam and Volusia Counties to help those affected by Hurricane Matthew. These centers serve as one-stop shops for eligible residents seeking one-on-one help with federal recovery assistance. Representatives from the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM), FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and various agencies will be at the center to answer questions. The locations of the centers are:
The SBA opened two Business Recovery Centers in St. Johns County and Volusia County on Monday, October 31. The SBA representatives at the Business Recovery Centers can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and help businesses in completing SBA applications. No appointment is necessary. The location and hours of the centers are as indicated below:
Daytona Beach, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) thanks his colleagues at The Daytona Beach Housing Authority and FEMA for their assistance with relocating residents with disabilities who were trapped in their homes at Maley Apartments due to an elevator outage following Hurricane Matthew. "With coordination from my office, we were able to quickly relocate over 60 residents to temporary, handicap accessible housing until the elevators were operational," Congressman DeSantis said. "I am pleased to report that one elevator is operational and residents have been invited back to their homes."
Dr. Anthony E. Woods, Executive Director of The Daytona Beach Housing Authority, states, “It is with heartfelt gratitude and many thanks to the Honorable Congressman Ron DeSantis and his office for assisting the Daytona Beach Housing Authority in its Maley Apartments Hurricane Matthew Relocation / Recovery efforts as it pertains to activating and mobilizing FEMA to assist its Residents in registering for FEMA service(s). The Housing Authority of the City of Daytona Beach seeks to ensure the health, safety and security of its Residents and to provide housing that is decent, safe, sanitary and in good repair by restoring their residence to its pre-Hurricane Matthew state. We thank Congressman DeSantis and his office for his responsiveness to our call of need and thank his readily capable team members for championing the respective positions they hold. On behalf of the Housing Authority of the City of Daytona Beach, its Board of Commissioners, its Residents and all other stakeholders alike, we greatly appreciate your assistance.”Read More
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On January 3, 2013, Ron DeSantis was sworn in as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives as the federal representative for Florida’s sixth congressional district, which encompasses St. Johns and Flagler counties, as well as large portions of Volusia and Putnam counties.
A native Floridian with blue collar roots, Ron worked his way through Yale University, where he earned a bachelor of arts, magna cum laude, and was the captain of the varsity baseball team. He also graduated with honors from Harvard Law School.
While at Harvard, Ron earned a commission in the United States Navy as a JAG officer. During his active duty service, he served as a military prosecutor, supported operations at the terrorist detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and deployed to Iraq during the 2007 troop surge as an advisor to a U.S. Navy SEAL commander in support of the SEAL mission in Iraq. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal (meritorious service) and the Iraq Campaign Medal.
He has also served as a federal prosecutor, prosecuting a wide range of cases involving offenses such as child exploitation, fraud, and interference with military air navigation.
He has written on constitutional first principles in various outlets and in his book, Dreams From Our Founding Fathers: First Principles in the Age of Obama.
Ron lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL with his wife, Casey Black DeSantis, an Emmy award-winning television host. He is currently an officer in the U.S. Navy reserve.
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