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Mark Neumann Wants Term Limits for Congressmen

Assemblymen Jeremy Thiesfeldt, R-Fond du Lac, and David Craig, R-Big Bend, endorse the former congressman in his U.S. Senate race. Neumann also proposes removing benefits for retired Congressmen turned lobbyists.

called for reforms in Congress Monday morning when he announced his plan to “clean up Washington” during a news conference at his campaign headquarters in Waukesha.

Neumann, who is running on the Republican ticket to replace the seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl, said his plan has three major parts:

  • enacting term limits,
  • requiring federal legislation to specifically state where in the Constitution the federal government receives its powers, and
  • removing benefits for retired members of Congress who become registered lobbyists.

“Those are the three policy changes we think would go a long way toward cleaning up Washington, D.C.,” Neumann said.

Neumann is running in the fall election against a full Republican field, including former and . The Democratic candidates include

The U.S. was founded on a premise that the country should be run by private-sector citizens who serve for a specific time period, Neumann said, which is why he wants to enact term limits for members of Congress.

Neumann’s proposal for an Enumerated Powers Act focuses on the 10th Amendment. Neumann said that if the Constitution doesn’t give the federal government the power to enact certain legislation and policies, “the responsibility belongs to the states, and more importantly, the people.”

The plans to eliminate benefits for members of the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate who leave their elected positions and become lobbyists by using their government contacts would affect about 400 former members of Congress, according to a news release from Neumann. Some of these lobbyists are making millions in their work, he said during his news conference.

“Taxpayers are no longer going to supplement the income of lobbyists and special interest groups by supplying pensions and health insurance benefits,” Neumann said.

State Legislators Endorse Neumann

Meanwhile, Neumann also announced Monday the endorsements of Wisconsin assemblymen Jeremy Thiesfeldt, R-Fond du Lac, and David Craig, R-Big Bend.

Thiesfeldt, who was present at Neumann’s news conference, said he was proud to endorse Neumann.

“I think Mark Neumann has a great record from his years in Congress back in the Republican revolution of 1994,” Thiesfeldt said. “He established a strong record of being a budget hawk and had the great accomplishment of being able to get the budget balanced in the United States government. That is something that we need in Congress today.”

Mike April 10, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I agree that term limits would force congress and the senate to work "For The People" and not special interest groups. You have 4 or 6 years to get in and complete your service then you are done. I also believe their salaries should be reduced substantially to around $75k per year and have no health insurance benefits at all. No pension plan, nada. You serve, do your service and then go back home to your familiaes or job. This crap with what is going on in DC is disgusting. All politicians are bought and it needs to stop.
GearHead April 10, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Are you suggesting sleepy Herb is a deep thinker? Tammy Baldwin? Falk? Klopp? Barca? Larson? Barrett? Moore? I hate it when you say something so deep yourself that it makes my morning milk run out of my nose!
Bren April 10, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Gear, Senator Kohl has done a great deal for education in Wisconsin and the U.S. He isn't the self-congratulatory press-conference sort of man, however. There's nothing to suggest that any of the individuals you mention lack intellectual heft.
C. Sanders April 10, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Completely in favor of terms limits & no pension for elected officials.
The Anti-Alinsky April 10, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Bren, what exactly has Senator Kohl done for education? Can you cite a law that he proposed or funding he gained for Wisconsin?

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