Brian Herr on Government Reform



Reduce non-military federal workforce by 15% via attrition

We need leaders who will make tough decisions and do what is right for our country. Some of the things I would do:
  • Reduce the federal workforce by 15% by instituting a hiring freeze of non-military personnel. This would not require layoffs--with natural attrition, the federal workforce would gradually decrease while still keeping the same level of service.
  • Eliminate duplicate and inefficient programs that produce waste, fraud, & abuse.
  • Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. Our elected officials in Washington have clearly shown that they will not balance the budget on their own.
  • Impose Term Limits on Members of Congress. Without fundamental reform and new leadership, little will change across the political landscape of America.It's time for Congress to roll-up their sleeves and get to work. America will prosper again when we stop the reckless spending and balance the federal budget."
    Source: 2014 Massachusetts Senate campaign website, BrianHerr.com , Feb 6, 2014

    If we want new ideas, send new people, via term limits

    Brian Herr called on Congress to amend the Constitution and impose term limits on Members of Congress. "We have real problems that must be addressed," said Herr. "Unfortunately, the ideas coming from Washington--from both Democrats and Republicans--are the same tired policies that simply are not working. If we want new ideas in Washington, we must send new people."

    Herr continued: "The Founding Fathers envisioned individuals serving our country then returning to their everyday lives. This is a far cry from today's reality, in which many Members of Congress have spent decades in those chambers."

    Herr proposes to limit U.S. House Members to six two-year terms and U.S. Senate Members to two six-year terms. Recognizing the need for practical support from Incumbents, the change would not be applied retroactively to current Members of Congress but would begin upon their next election.

    Source: 2014 Massachusetts Senate campaign website, BrianHerr.com , Feb 6, 2014

    If we want new ideas in Washington, we must send new people

    Republican U.S. Senate primary candidate and Hopkinton Selectman Brian Herr today called for 12-year term limits on members of Congress. "We have real problems that must be addressed," Herr said in a press release. "Unfortunately, the ideas coming from Washington--from both Democrats and Republicans--are the same tired policies that simply are not working. If we want new ideas in Washington, we must send new people."

    Herr proposes limiting U.S. House members to six two-year terms and limiting U.S. Senators to two six-year terms. "Recognizing the need for practical support from incumbents, the change (should) not be applied retroactively to current members of Congress but would begin upon their next election," the press release reads. Herr said the country's Founding Fathers envisioned lawmakers returning to their everyday lives after serving, not staying in power for decades.

    Source: Hopkinton Crier on 2014 Massachusetts Senate race , Feb 6, 2014

    Signed term limit pledge: 6 years House; 12 years Senate.

    Herr signed pledging 6-year term limit

    Organizational Self-Description: U.S. Term Limits, the nation's oldest and largest term limits advocacy group, announced that 14 new signers of its congressional term limits amendment pledge have been elected to the 114th Congress. The group includes five new senators, eight new House members and one House incumbent who signed the pledge for the first time this cycle. The pledge calls for members to co-sponsor and vote for a constitutional amendment limiting House members to three terms (six years) and Senators to two terms (12 years). The USTL President said, "The American people are fed up with career politicians in Washington and strongly embracing term limits as a remedy. Gallup polling shows that 75% of Americans support term limits."

    Opposing legal argument: [ACLU, Nov. 7, 2014]: In U.S. Term Limits v. Thornton (May 22, 1995), the Court ended the movement to enact term limits for Congress on a state-by-state basis. The Court held that the qualifications for Congress established in the Constitution itself could not be amended by the states without a constitutional amendment, and that the notion of congressional term limits violates the "fundamental principle of our representative democracy 'that the people should chose whom they please to govern them.'"

    Opposing political argument: [Cato Institute Briefing Paper No. 14, Feb. 18, 1992]: Several considerations may explain political scientists' open hostility to term limitation:

    Source: Press release from U.S. Term Limits 16-USTL on Nov 8, 2014

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