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Representative Byrne signs on to term limits bill

Posted on March 8th, 2014


U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Fairhope, has signed on to another longtime conservative cause in Congress, putting his name behind legislation to impose term limits.

Byrne announced Friday that he will co-sponsor a bill by Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., to limit members of Congress to six, two-year terms in the House of Representatives and two, six-year terms in the Senate.

To Byrne, the action represents the fulfillment of a campaign promise.

“Washington is in dire need of fresh ideas and energy,” he said in a prepared statement. “No member of Congress has a monopoly on the seat they occupy. It belongs solely to the people they represent.”

Term limits long have been popular among conservative activists, and Republican support for the idea dates as far back as the “Contract with America,” the pledge that most House Republican candidates signed during the 1994 election. A proposed constitutional amendment after that election failed, however, to gain the necessary two-thirds majority in the House.

Subsequent efforts have made little progress over the years.

Byrne has done much to bolster his conservative credentials during his brief time in Congress, including voting against raising the debt limit, joining the conservative Republican Study Committee and co-sponsored a bill to ban federal funding of abortion.