Congressional Term Limits – 28th Admendment

After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, regarding term limits [emphasis mine] :

“I would say we have term limits now,” Mr. McConnell told reporters. “They’re called elections. And it will not be on the agenda in the Senate.”

I was moved to contact my Senators and urge them to support the  introduction and a roll call vote on term limits.

On November 10th, I contacted both Senators Rubio and Nelson urging them to support a Senate bill for term limits and to put pressure on Mitch McConnell to bring the bill to the floor for a roll call vote.

As of November 16th I have received an acknowledgement from Senator Rubio (11/10/16), promising a response soon and the following from Senator Nelson (11/15/16):

Dear Mr. Miller:

Thank you for contacting me regarding congressional term limits. I understand your frustration.

Currently, Members of Congress serve as long as the electorate desires. A constitutional amendment is required to place restrictions on congressional tenure. Many constitutional scholars argue that congressional term limits would diminish the prerogative of voters. I believe we must ensure that ultimate authority remains with American citizens.

I know that many Americans are concerned about the state of affairs in Washington and the challenges facing the nation. Please know that I am committed to doing my part to bring a measure of common sense to the deliberations in our nation’s capital.

I appreciate your letter and will keep your views in mind as I serve you in the Senate.

Sincerely,
Bill Nelson

I believe I can put Senator Nelson in the opposed to term limits, an unwilling to have it come to the floor for a roll call vote column.

The Legislature of Florida has gone on record, calling for an Article 5, constitution convention to consider term limits, via HM-417 which passed this year.

Here is my draft of text for a Congressional Term Limit Amendment, the limits can be argued.

Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of Senator for more than three terms (18 years) , and no person who has held the office of Senator, or acted as a Senator, for more than three years of a term to which some other person was elected Senator shall be elected to the office of the Senator more than twice. But this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of Senator when this article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of Senator, or acting as Senator, during the term within which this article becomes operative from holding the office of Senator or acting as a Senator during the remainder of such term.

Section 2. No person shall be elected to the office of Representative for more than five terms (10 years), and no person who has held the office of Representative, or acted as a Representative, for more than one year of a term to which some other person was elected Representative shall be elected to the office of the Representative for more than four terms.  But this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of Representative when this article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of Representative, or acting as Representative, during the term within which this article becomes operative from holding the office of Representative or acting as a Representative during the remainder of such term.

Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several states within seven years from the date of its submission to the states by the Congress.

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