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Sorry, Mr. President: Term limits for Congress are still not going to happen

Reducing Salary of Representatives After 6 Terms (2 Terms for the Senate)

❶The idea of term limits, in Congress and in politics generally, is one that has been debated in most countries for centuries.

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We didn't hear much from him about the idea after he won. Until now, 15 months into his presidency. Trump tweeted Monday that he had met with a handful of members of Congress who want to term-limit themselves.

Some conservative lawmakers have been tweeting their support for the idea, too. I recently had a terrific meeting with a bipartisan group of freshman lawmakers who feel very strongly in favor of Congressional term limits. I gave them my full support and endorsement for their efforts.

But don't let this sudden momentum on the right for term limits fool you. It's almost certainly not going to happen anytime soon, for a variety of reasons, such as these:. The Supreme Court ruled as much in As I wrote in October when Trump first proposed term limits: A 5-to-4 decision essentially wiped off the books term-limit laws that 23 states had for their congressional delegations.

The decision didn't affect term limits for state legislatures, and there are 15 states that impose them. That means that for congressional term limits to become legal again, Congress would have to amend the Constitution. Trump proposed a constitutional amendment during the campaign, and one member of Congress, Rep. It's one of the most difficult things to do in politics. Alternatively, 34 states could agree to call a constitutional convention to go around Congress, which has never happened.

As I previously wrote, only 27 proposals out of countless ideas in our country's year history have climbed that steep hill. The idea of term limits tends to get better reception on the right, so it's worth pointing out that Republicans control the legislatures in 32 states. And journalists, depending on whom you're talking to. Political scientists say limiting how long lawmakers can stay in Washington would only empower the infrastructure surrounding Congress, like lobbyists and, yes, the media.

In a press release , Congressman Rooney stated:. In fact, Florida is one of 15 states to currently have legislative term limits. Heretofore, federal term limit discussions have focused on proposals which require amending the Constitution.

These well-intentioned efforts, in the form of at least 12 bills in the current session of Congress, with over 90 co-sponsors, are stymied by the arduous process of amending the Constitution. Congressman Rooney has a new idea on how to institute a form of term limits without amending the U.

The Congressmen praises men like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson who refused to make public service their career but, instead, returned to private life or went on to serve in a different public capacity.

So, in effect, if this bill were to become law, a person would not be prevented from serving more than six consecutive terms in the House or two consecutive terms in the Senate. Presumably a person who has been in the House for 12 years would qualify for a federal retirement annuity under FERS at some point. The bill does address this. Whether this approach would work if it should become law is, of course, open to question.

Most elected representatives become wealthy while in office. A limitation on their salary could have an impact, but their salary may be a minor part of their ability to accumulate wealth, so some, perhaps many, would choose to remain in office and enjoy the other perks that go along with being an elected representative. A Constitutional amendment would be a more conclusive solution.

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The committee made recommendations, which as regards congressional term limits were incorporated unchanged into the Articles of Confederation (–89). The fifth Article stated that "no person shall be capable of being a delegate [to the continental congress] for more than three years in .

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Watch video · That means that for congressional term limits to become legal again, Congress would have to amend the Constitution. Trump proposed a constitutional amendment during the campaign, and one member of Congress, Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), has a bill out now to do that. 2. Changing the Constitution is really, really hard.

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U.S. Term Limits main mission is to coordinate grassroots supporters to demand an Article V term limits convention application from their state legislators. We exist to impose term limits at all levels of government but mostly on the U.S. Congress. However, Constitutional amendments require a two-thirds majority, or votes, and the votes to restrict term limits fell short of that number. Court Rulings. In May of , the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against term limits in Congress in the case of U.S. Term Limits v. Thornton.

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In fact, Florida is one of 15 states to currently have legislative term limits. This year, a nationwide poll conducted by McLaughlin & Associates found that 82% of voters support Congressional term limits, including 89% of Republicans, 83% of independents, and 76% of Democrats. From time to time, the idea of putting term limits on Congressmen comes up. The most recent example is legislation that was introduced by Congressman Francis Rooney (R-FL). He proposed legislation that is designed to effectively impose term limits without having to amend the Constitution by cutting.