By Paul DeMarco
Alabama Senator Tommy Tubeville has raised an issue discussed for decades in Washington DC – term limits.
Tuberville recently singed on to a Constitutional Amendment that would require term limits for United States Senators and Congressman. He says that when politicians come to Washington DC they become part of the bureaucracy when they stay and never give up their office.
Tuberville wants Congress to be more reflective of the American public by restricting the number of terms senators and representatives can serve in Congress. Senate Joint Resolution 2, if passed by Congress and ratified by the states would limit representatives to three terms or 6 years, and Senators to two terms or 12 years.
There will be the career politicians in Washington DC who oppose this Constitutional Amendment, so we will see if Senator Tuberville is able to get this resolution up for debate and a vote. Interestingly, as part of the recent leadership election for Speaker in the United States House of Representatives, there was a commitment to vote on term limits as well.
Polling has shown that an overwhelming number of Americans support term limits for members of Congress. Alabama citizens would certainly support this legislation if it cleared Congress and was ever up for a vote here.
We see promises by candidates for Congress to term limit themselves every election cycle. As Senator Tuberville has advocated, we will see if they will put their money where their mouth is with these votes.
Paul DeMarco is a former member of the Alabama House of Representatives and can be found on Twitter at @Paul_DeMarco