Lawmakers push term limits constitutional amendment

Lawmakers are again advocating a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress.

Members in both chambers support the proposal the changewhich provides that House legislators who have served three terms are ineligible for re-election to the House of Representatives, while Senators who have served two terms are no longer eligible for election or appointment to that chamber.

If a House Legislature elected to fill a vacancy fills the vacancy for more than a year, that would count against his three-term limit after the amendment — likewise if a Senator who was elected or appointed was to fill a vacancy, that vacancy was held for more than three years, this would count as one of the two permitted tenures.

A number of GOP senators and dozens of House Republicans are support the proposal, as did Democratic Rep. Jared Golden of Maine.

Even if two-thirds of both houses of Congress voted to pass the proposal, three-fourths of the states would need to support the amendment for it to be added Constitution.

“The term limits are critical to fixing what’s wrong with Washington, DC,” GOP Senator Ted Cruz said, according to a press release. “The Founding Fathers envisioned a government of citizen lawmakers who would serve for a few years and return home, not a government run by a small group of special interest and lifelong, permanently entrenched politicians who would take advantage of Washington’s disruption to… governing in any way is totally irresponsible to the American people. Term limits introduce long-overdue accountability, and I urge my colleagues to push this change to states for speedy ratification and becoming a constitutional amendment.

“Given the apparent abuse of power that has taken place in Congress, the notion of term limits is basic common sense,” said South Carolina Rep. Ralph Norman, according to a press release. “Many of my colleagues have removed themselves so far from the reality of the people they serve by making ‘representative of the people’ a lifelong career. Members must be willing not only to legislate, but to return to live among their respective districts.”

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