What happened? Have our politicos finally grown a pair of balls?
A very important meeting is being held in Washington this week, but career politicians, lobbyists and most in the media don’t want you to know about it.
More than 100 state legislators from around the country are meeting at the Naval Heritage Center. The Assembly of State Legislatures (ASL) will discuss the rules for the first-ever Article V Constitutional amendment convention. This is their third meeting. They’re preparing to take on Washington, and Congress doesn’t like it.
We advocate that Congressional Term Limits be the second topic for an amendment convention. Seventy-five percent of Americans support term limits. The president is term-limited to eight years, 35 state governors are term-limited (most of them to eight years) and 15 state legislatures are term-limited (most of them also to eight years).
What makes Congress so special? Why is Congress not term-limited? Answer: because getting a Term Limits amendment on Congress through Congress will never happen.
Again, the delegates to the amendment convention will decide on the specific number of terms to limit the Senate and House. We suggest two consecutive terms for the Senate (12 years) and four consecutive terms for the House (eight years). But again, the specific number is a decision left to the convention.
Ending careerism in Congress and enacting term limits will accomplish a major goal: lessening the grip of the Big Four in leadership. McConnell, Reid, Boehner and Pelosi average 26 years in office. Yet the average senator has been in office for 10 years; the average House Member for nine years.
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