Timothy Benton | Aug 19, 2019 | 0
Term Limits Bill Introduced For Congress And Senate
Earlier this month Senator Ted Cruz, and co-sponsored by Marco Rubio,
Mike Lee, and David Purdue a bill to limit US Senators to two terms, Congress to 3 terms. While I think this has no chance of getting out of committee, a bill bringing to both houses a law of term limits does bring up an interesting idea, but also could bring certain problems if passed.
We have seen the Democrats with Pelosi agree to term limits for serving as speaker of the house, but that is not applicable to the GOP, nor is it enough.
We would find that such a bill would bring in new faces to Congress, but you also most likely see more people jumping from Congress to the Senate, they would serve out 3 terms in congress, then try to run for a seat where they could serve 12 years in Senate, thus we would still be stuck with many career politicians.
The last time such a bill was presented to the Senate, in 2014, the Senate overwhelmingly rejected DeMint’s measure, voting 75 to 24 against it. There have been other bills created, but never made it off a committe vote.
At the time, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) voiced opposition to the amendment, having already served three terms himself.
“For some members of Congress, two years in office is too long and for some members of Congress, 20 years in office is not long enough,” Durbin said. “Who should make that decision? The Constitution in its wisdom says the voters of America make that decision. Let’s stand by that Constitution and its language and defeat this sense of the Senate resolution.”
While states have tried to limit the terms a Senator or Congressman can serve, this was defeated in court with U.S. Term Limits, Inc. v. Thornton
But what would happen if term limits as stated would pass and be put in place? I think without limiting jumping from one house to the other, you would still find politicians serving six years in the House, then switching to the Senate and serving twelve more years, you would get now faces in, but they would still be answerable to the ones that have served for years.
To solve this there needs to be a total time served in elected office put into law, with the office of President being exempted. We need to demand that term limits of twelve years be put in place with this law put in effect with 3 House term limits, two terms in the Senate, if you serve your term out in the Senate, you can’t then jump to the House, and if you serve three terms in the House, then you can only serve one term in the Senate.
The only exception to this would be the office of president, but it would stop politicians from serving as professional politicians, rather then the civilian ones our founding fathers envisioned.
With members serving now and in the past for over 40 years, John Dingell (59 years), Robert Byrd (57 years), Don Young (45 years and still serving), Patrick Leahy (44 years and still serving), and Chuck Grassley (45 years and still serving). Our founders never looked at these positions as being filling for life, yet many of these people serve 40 to 60 years, serve until they die, this is an abuse of what was intended.
What we seem to have are some individuals seem to be like royalty, we never seen the founders intent of this, Washington was a great example, he served his duty, then retired. He came back at the request of the people, but still stopped when he had served what he thought was a good length of time.
Today this is no longer the case, these positions are seen as a lifetime appointment, the people in the district where these representatives come from are so entrenched they make it near impossible to unseat them, thus you have the same old corrupt politicians serving year after year, they don’t care about us until it is time for us to vote, then give flowery speeches and tokens, yet people blindly continue to keep them in power.
It is time that we demand this if politicians are going to ignore what people have overwhelmingly supported, then maybe we need to replace the politicians with ones that will do what we, the people that vote them into office want. They are after all supposed to be our voice.