Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has become a poster boy of sorts, although you won’t find him bragging about it. He is at the center of a movement that believes Congress needs term limits. They are using Hatch as “Exhibit A” and have opened their national office in Utah.
“We have senators such as Senator Hatch, who has been in office for 40 years and is [considering] seeking an additional six-year term,” said Justin Anderson, Utah director for the bipartisan national group.
“For many members of Congress who are in there for 30 years-plus, they become part of the establishment, and they become self-interested. That provides a block for real progress,” he said.
The national website for U.S. Term Limits goes after the 83-year-old Hatch. They note on their site that when he first sought office against incumbent Sen. Frank E. Moss (D-Utah), Hatch mocked the incumbent by asking, “What do you call a Senator who’s served in office for 18 years? You call him home.” The website then declares, “Today, having spent over 40 years in power, Hatch only wants more … and calls Washington home.”
Hatch’s team responded, “The Constitution already provides term limits: they‘re called elections,” said Hatch’s spokesman Matt Whitlock. “And the people of Utah have consistently shown that they support the Constitution as written. Utah’s voters can make their own decisions regarding who represents them in Congress, and they do so without the patronization of out-of-state interest groups who think they know better.”
U.S. Term Limits argues “Imposing term limits will ensure that issues that matter to constituents are being echoed in Congress.” They want the same two term system that is used for the president of the U.S. Congress has no limits, and it has a 90 percent reelection rate with less than 20 percent approval.
Justin Anderson, Utah director for the bipartisan national group, said, “This isn’t strictly a conservative issue or a liberal issue. It’s a bipartisan issue.”
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Credit: Salt Lake Tribune