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Term limits for Congress

The case for limiting the terms for members of Congress

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Latest Activity: Mar 11, 2014

A proposal for term limits

We should pass the following amendment to the Constitution:

"No person shall be elected to the House or Representatives more than four times or to the Senate more than twice."

94% of the members of the House of Representatives who ran for re-election in 2008 kept their seats.

83% of Americans support term limits. (According to U.S. Term Limits, www.termlimits.org)

A Fox News poll shows American voters support term limits for Congress 78 to 16.

The 22nd Amendment ratified in 1951 that "No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice" was a very good change.

See "Amend the Constitution" for other proposed amendments and "Amendment Process" for ways to amend.

 

See Glenn Neal's blog right here on term limits for Congress.

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Term limits for Congress

Term limits is a step in the right direction. And what do I mean by "the right direction?" I mean a SYSTEM reform which sends representatives and senators to Washington to legislate for the common…Continue

Started by Richard Hattwick Sep 9, 2010.

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Comment by Lawrence on March 11, 2014 at 8:32pm

Anyone who thinks that congress will set term limits need to be laid to rest. Why would they ever consider term limits when they are stealing millions from taxpayer. We do have term limit if the lazy ignorant people would do their job and vote them out. Watch what will happen next election the people will return most of these crooks. Voters seem to want USA to fall into third world country status. They believe that everyone will become equal that way. Unless we the people will stand up and fight tyranny with force we are doomed.

Comment by Daniel Dyer on April 26, 2012 at 1:28pm

KrisAnne Hall argues that, instead of a term limits amendment, "we need to repeal the 17th Amendment and reinstate automatic recall through the state legislatures."

Comment by Lawrence on April 10, 2011 at 6:11pm
We need to bring our elected fools back to the state. Corruption will never stop until we bring these people back to their states.
Comment by Lawrence on April 10, 2011 at 2:39pm
Term limits are already in place right. The people have the right to vote them out. Before any policy works someone has to take responsibility for their actions. The people are lazy,ignorant, and dont care for their country. Money,power,is the motive of most people. The more they have the more they want. We will never get the numbers for amendment.
Comment by Daniel Dyer on May 10, 2010 at 8:36am
Chris, the other way to get term limits would be to have a Constitutional Convention. Under Article V of the Constitution, Congress "on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments". Join the Group "Amendment process" for more on this.
Comment by Christopher Mullaney on May 9, 2010 at 12:51pm
Yes the federal legislature has become a dumping ground for people who seem to be there not to represent the general population but themselves.

There’s an old saying that ‘power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely’. Here in the U.S. Congress we see people to whom we have entrusted the running of the government become in trenched and powerful to the point of self and extreme wealth. They have voted themselves lavish perquisites and compensation which are beyond the reach of those who they supposedly represents.

I think that with the present two party system we have in this country there is no chance of getting the required two thirds vote in congress to pass a term limits amendment. Congress has become so polarized that they can apparently only agree to improve their benefits.

So the answer would be to either establish a third or fourth party or vote the incumbents out of office.
Comment by Carole Heikkinen on April 29, 2010 at 3:00am
Senator Jim DeMint introduced this proposal in November of 2009.

5. S.J.RES.21 : A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to limiting the number of terms that a Member of Congress may serve to 3 in the House of Representatives and 2 in the Senate.
Sponsor: Sen DeMint, Jim [SC] (introduced 11/10/2009) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 11/10/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Although term limits were intentionally not proposed by the Founders, neither did they intend that members of Congress would become career members. They expected an educated electorate and citizens of highest character and morals to step up and serve an unspecified but limited time with a sense of duty before returning to their normal life and job. Knowing human nature, they expected the position to be a limited service with limited pay (no benefits) so it would not corrupt or attract those of lesser character or morals whose interests would be self-serving rather than serving the interests of the people. And they expected the people would hold them accountable as long as they remained knowledgeable and involved. "A Republic, madam, if you can keep it."

Unfortunately, we no longer have an educated and informed electorate well versed in the Constitution and the original intentions of the Founders to protect our liberties. (Hopefully that's beginning to change.) Through our lack of understanding, our apathy, and our appetite for celebrity over character, we have allowed our Constitution to be misinterpreted, undermined, and ignored by the people we have elected and re-elected. We don't pay attention. We say we don't trust Congress and want most members to be replaced, yet we continue to reelect the majority of incumbents over and over. For this reason, Sen. DeMint proposed the term limits amendment to force us to change representatives and limit the power gained by an individual member sitting in Congress too long - isolated from constituents and the reality of the world outside of DC.

You can view DeMint's other sponsored bills regarding the issues of balanced budget, fairness doctrine, card check (secret ballot), health care, earmarks, the Federal Reserve audit, etc.
http://demint.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=SponsoredBills

If we elect people to Congress like DeMint, we can change the current course and protect our freedoms. This includes our local governments and community organizations where political careers are cultivated. "Remember in November"
 

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