Senators Seek Term Limits for Members of Congress

Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced today an “amendment to the United States Constitution that would apply term limits to all members of Congress,” according to a press release.

The legislation, S.J. Res. 11, would limit U.S. Representatives to three terms and U.S. Senators to two terms in office. As an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, it would require a two-thirds majority vote approval in the House and Senate and must be ratified by three-fourths of the states.

Sponsors of this measure:

Cosponsors include Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire), Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), John Ensign (R-Nevada), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania), and David Vitter (R-Louisiana).

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8 responses to “Senators Seek Term Limits for Members of Congress

  1. Pat

    Pass the Equal Rights Amendment.

  2. Pat

    If the voters wise up, perhaps all of the ones supporting this bullcrap will be voted out. Get to work and do something about jobs. All during the election you folks ran about creating jobs — not one jobs bill yet, but you’ve stuck your collectives noses in my uterus more than my primary care physician. Start working you lazy jerks.

  3. This is long overdue. I’ve been saying this for years….”there needs to be limits” on elected officials….all of them! They need to limit the federal judges and state judges as well. They develop a God complex and huge egos along with bad judgement when they sit on the bench too long. We the citizens of this great country should begin check and balance checkups on all elected officials and if they are not doing their jobs they should be fired immediately! They are all full of BS…..why aren’t they working on bringing industries back so Americans can go back to work?

  4. We’ve got great term limits; they’re called elections. When people do badly, they get voted out of office.

    There are only so many people in any generation qualified to serve in Congress, and term limits means we’ll burn through them faster.

  5. ianhewlett

    I’d agree with Samuel in a perfect world – but unfortunately elections are won by the one with the most money quite often. Sitting for 30 years in Congress seems to correspond to an incredible amount of money gathered – perpetuating the cycle and allowing interest groups to secure long standing allegiances from elected officials. The same argument about elections could be used with the presidential election as well – but we see that term limits were necessary.

    • @ianhewlett, I see the point about corruption. The problem with generalized term limits, though, is that they punish everyone for crimes not committed by everyone. While I’m sure there are members of Congress who after many terms have fallen so deep into the pockets of their benefactors there is no redeeming them, there are also freshman Congressmen who equally fail to faithfully represent their districts in favor of their donors. And so are there veteran members who are as faithul as delegates come. The truth is, the envoronment in Washington is not corrupting only after one term, two, or three. It is corrupting immediately, and because freshman members have so little clout on their own they rely more on power derived from their wealthy sponsors; freshmen are more prone to corruption, rather than less.

  6. William Kuendig

    Can there be a better argument for term limits than the goings on in DC right now? When this country was formed politiciansdid not view their job as a career. Career politicians are way too focused on reelection at the expense of the people they represent. Power leads to corruption and messes like we have now. There are plenty of good people out there to serve a couple of terms and benefit the people of this country.

  7. John

    What is going on it DC now has been going on in DC for decades and it is because of the corruption and career politicians. The are self serving and not taking care of the people that elected to make things better for all of us. Term limits is a great way to get the corruption out of politics. I don’t buy the argument that freshman are more prone to corruption. I buy the argument that immoral and self serving individuals are more prone to corruption. It all boils down to standing up for what is right and doing the right things for the right reasons. I know, easier said than done but I know many people that are not corrupt.

    While we are talking about limiting terms let’s talk about members of Congress pay and benefits. They are threatening to cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans benefits. When was the last time they talked about cutting their benefits? What other job can you be vested in after only working there for 5 years and get 80% of your final salary? I have been in the military for 19 years and when I retire I receive 50% of my final salary and I have actually been productive and done my job. I have cooperated, worked well with others and completed the jobs I was hired to do. I believe they deserve some compensation but all they are doing is padding their pockets. They should be the first to not get a paycheck when they can’t approve the federal budget, not the elderly or members of the military.

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