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I hope that the members of the joint committee will endorse this simple rule change and support a measure aimed at true reform.
Mr. Chairman, thank you again for this opportunity to testify.
TILLIE K. FOWLER 4TH DISTRICT, PRIDA
Congress of the United States
House of Representatives
STATEMENT BY REP. TILLIE FOWLER
February 4, 1993
THANK YOU MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE FOR
DURING MY CAMPAIGN, THE SALARY OF THE DEPUTY DOOR KEEPER
ON THE TAIL OF BOUNCED CHECKS, UNPAID MEAL TABS AND POST
CITIZEN REPRESENTATION... THAT IS WHAT THIS HOUSE IS SUPPOSED
Tillie K. Fowler
AS YOU MAY KNOW, I SUPPORT TERM LIMITS FOR BOTH THE HOUSE AND
YESTERDAY, I WAS WITNESS TO ANOTHER NEEDED REFORM THAT NEEDS
I ALSO THINK THAT A COMPLETE REVIEW OF COMMITTEES, SUBCOMMITTEES, AND THEIR STAFF SHOULD TAKE PLACE. A ZEROBASED BUDGET APPROACH IF YOU WILL SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED TO REVIEW EACH COMMITTEE AND ITS USEFULNESS. I BELIEVE THAT THIS CONGRESS WOULD BE ABLE TO OPERATE WITH A FEW LESS COMMITTEES AND COMMITTEE STAFF.
MR. CHAIRMAN, I COMMEND YOU AND THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE
February 4, 1993
Mr. Chairman, distinguished members of the committee... I am here today to praise the mission of this committee and to speak...
from the perspective of a new member of Congress.. to one key
element of reform: limiting the length of time
member may serve as
chairman of a given committee.
Many of my colleagues in the House of Representatives were sent here on a mission similar to your own... to reform Congress.
This mission was defined by a roiling tide of voter dissatisfaction
with their Congress..
Evidence of that dissatisfaction can be found in the broad-based
support of the people for limiting the length of service for their elected
It has often been observed that public office is a public trust...
As such.. public offices must be used only for the good of the
country and not for individual benefit.
That message echoed resoundingly in the land just this past
It is time for us... the members of Congress... to listen to that
Thus far.. 15 states.. nearly one third of the Union.. have
enacted some form of term limits on elected officials.
'In my own state of Florida.. a term limits referendum passed
with overwhelming support.. seventy-seven percent of the voters.. three-and-one-half million people.. voted in favor of limiting the length
of time any one politician may hold a particular office.
If elected offices are public trusts.. then we owe it to the
people to be worthy of that trust.
We owe it to the people to ensure that the committees serve the
will of the people and not the whim of individual members.
We all have seen committees that have been dominated by the
same chairman for many years.
Such committees often become fiefdoms for that individual.