ICYMI: Sen. Rick Scott in the Wall Street Journal: A Plan to Get Americans Back to Work

June 22, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In case you missed it, Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal sharing his newly introduced Let’s Get to Work Act that would encourage able-bodied, working-age Americans to return to the workforce by reintroducing work requirements for those on government benefits like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Public Housing and Tenant-Based Rental Assistance programs. Read more about the Let’s Get to Work Act in Senator Scott’s announcement HERE.


In the op-ed, Senator Rick Scott wrote, “The American dream is rooted in a simple principle: If you’re willing to work hard, anything is possible. What’s troubling is that our leaders have lost sight of this. For our country to thrive, we can’t let their toxic plan of increased handouts and getting something for nothing continue.


I believe in the American dream because I’ve lived it. I grew up poor, lived in public housing, and watched my parents struggle every day to feed our family.


I believe that any able-bodied, working-age adult who receives government benefits ought to work. That means those who receive benefits paid for with taxpayer dollars would have skin in the game and contribute to our economy.


That’s why I’m introducing the Let’s Get to Work Act. This legislation would end the current suspension of work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for able-bodied adults without dependents, which was put in place at the start of the pandemic… [it] would establish work requirements for public housing provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, applying the same standards currently in place for SNAP, plus the new standards I’ve outlined here, to all HUD housing and tenant-based rental assistance programs.


Let’s talk about who isn’t included in what I am proposing. Parents of children under 6, those who care for incapacitated people, and those over 60 wouldn’t be subject to work requirements for the federal benefits I’ve outlined. I am not proposing getting rid of any current federal benefits…


These are common-sense proposals, but I can already hear those on the left shouting them down. The same people who oppose work requirements decided that paying people more to sit at home than to go back to work was the best way for our economy to recover from the pandemic. This was the left’s boldest move in its government-backed war on work.


For the country to thrive, we need every American who can work to do so. We need as many Americans as possible to have skin in the game, participate in our great system, pay taxes, and not sit at home waiting for a government check.


Americans want to support themselves and their families. They don’t want to rely on government handouts.


If we’re going to rescue America, it’s time to get back to work.”


Read the full op-ed in the Wall Street Journal HERE.