Term Limits for Congress/A Bill of State Rights
No person who has served three terms as a Representative shall be eligible to hold office in the House of Representatives. No person who has served two terms as a Senator shall be eligible to hold office in the Senate.
Imposing term limits on a politician mitigates to a degree one conflict of interest that exists inherently for an office holder: they are trusted to both safeguard Constitutional limits and pass legislation that may increase the power of government. Term limited politicians operates with the knowledge that they will live and work under the same laws as everyone else.
Full Amendment Text
“Section 1. No person who has served 3 terms as a Representative shall be eligible for election to the House of Representatives. For purposes of this section, the election of a person to fill a vacancy in the House of Representatives shall be included as 1 term in determining the number of terms that such person has served as a Representative if the person fills the vacancy for more than 1 year.
“Section 2. No person who has served 2 terms as a Senator shall be eligible for election or appointment to the Senate. For purposes of this section, the election or appointment of a person to fill a vacancy in the Senate shall be included as 1 term in determining the number of terms that such person has served as a Senator if the person fills the vacancy for more than 3 years.
“Section 3. No term beginning before the date of the ratification of this article shall be taken into account in determining eligibility for election or appointment under this article.”
- In 1994, several states passed bills imposing term limits on Representatives and Senators in their states. This unilateral state action was ruled unconstitutional by the supreme court.
- In 2015, Sen. David Vitter introduced this Constitutional Amendment for term limits in the U.S. Senate. []
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