Should There Be Term Limits for Members of Congress?

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Republican Congressman Matt Salmon thinks that nobody should serve more than three terms in Congress, at least, according to a term-limits bill he submitted this week.

Personally, Salmon's on his fourth term in Congress, so it looks like he doesn't really think that way.

See also:
-Matt Salmon, in Fourth Term, Says No One Should Serve More Than Three Terms

Salmon, who was a lobbyist between his stints in Congress, says in a press release that he's "always believed that universal term limits will help make members of Congress more accountable to their constituents, not the special interests that often keep them in office."

Salmon's bill, which would require a constitutional amendment, would call for a maximum of two full terms for Senators, and three full terms for Representatives.

Do you think that's a good idea?

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22 comments
Joey Grace
Joey Grace

Yes. But good luck trying get congress to vote themselves out of a job.

Ted Meyer
Ted Meyer

yes and no retirement when they leave let them live like the rest of us

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

im almost in favor of scrapping elections and making it more like jury duty. One time deal, random drawing, 2 years of "service", no re elections...that could help eliminate lobbies to a degree

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Of course there should be term limits and in Arizona, they should be no more than fifteen minutes. This would be one way to minimize the damage the "Moron Vote" and the people they elect can do.

MisterLM
MisterLM

This is just Salmon covering his own ass. He term limited himself in the 90's. Only to return 12 years later after Jeff Flake ran for the Senate. He claims that he kept his pledge because he only served three terms originally. But his original pledge was three terms total not three consecutive terms. So by running in 2012, he actually broke his pledge. Now he is putting this amendment forward so he can pretend he is doing something on term limits even though he knows it will fail.

MisterLM
MisterLM

This is just Salmon covering his own ass. He term limited himself in the 90's. Only to return 12 years later after Jeff Flake ran for the Senate. He claims that he kept his pledge because he only served three terms originally. But his original pledge was three terms total not three consecutive terms. So by running in 2012, he actually broke his pledge. Now he is putting this amendment forward so he can pretend he is doing something on term limits even though he knows it will fail.

MisterLM
MisterLM

This is just Salmon covering his own ass. He term limited himself in the 90's. Only to return 12 years later after Jeff Flake ran for the Senate. He claims that he kept his pledge because he only served three terms originally. But his original pledge was three terms total not three consecutive terms. So by running in 2012, he actually broke his pledge. Now he is putting this amendment forward so he can pretend he is doing something on term limits even though he knows it will fail.

MisterLM
MisterLM

This is just Salmon covering his own ass. He term limited himself in the 90's. Only to return 12 years later after Jeff Flake ran for the Senate. He claims that he kept his pledge because he only served three terms originally. But his original pledge was three terms total not three consecutive terms. So by running in 2012, he actually broke his pledge. Now he is putting this amendment forward so he can pretend he is doing something on term limits even though he knows it will fail.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

A constitutional amendment would have to be passed by both houses of Congress, then ratified by two-thirds of the state legislatures. And like amendments outlawing abortion and same-sex marriage, this thing will go nowhere if only because of inertia. If Salmon wants to make enemies even among his fellow Repubs, this is the way to do it. Don't forget that most of those Repubs who signed the "Contract with America" in 1994 also pledged to serve three terms and then out. Most of them are still there. The "Contract" was nothing more than an election ploy. It was actually a big joke on America. Hah-ha. 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

An even better reform would be to put an end to all taxpayer support for the two organizations that have hijacked our election process, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.  Making them pay for their own internal elections would be a step toward leveling the playing field and giving the voters some real choices.



DNichols
DNichols

There should have been an option to vote "Hell Yes!", not simply yes, or no.

DNichols
DNichols

After two terms most have strangely become Millionares?!

After the first term most are bought and paid for by "Special Interests", and no longer represent the Public.

The Numbers of Representatives, and Senators was established when our Country began, and they still used carrier pigeons to communicate.

With todays advance communications we need less than a fourth of these Representatives, and Senators.

With all their high tech gadgets, all they do now is play games, and bicker anyways.

Time to rethink the entire system in accordance to todays advanced technology!

To: Common Sense?

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Yes.  We would be a much better country if we got back to the citizen legislature that our forefathers envisioned instead of where we've gotten to which is serving in Congress as a career. 

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@valleynative You're referring to those Republican officials in places like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida who did their damndest to make it harder for Dems to vote. They actually tried to prohibit extended voting hours in Dem areas of Ohio, while allowing them in Repub areas. And did you see the lines of voters in Florida? Yes, that was all criminal Gov. Rick Scott's doing.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public They didn't say anything about term limits in the Constitution. And the two terms for presidents is a Repub thing, a reaction to FDR's being elected four times. But there was a lukewarm effort to make the term limits law go away so that Ronnie could serve a third term.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@eric.nelson745  No, I'm talking about getting completely away from the "us vs them" nonsense that's divided and immobilized our government.  If there were six or more major parties, what the Reps and Dems did to each other would just be a sideshow, instead of destroying the nation.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@eric.nelson745 I understand that our forefathers did not codify it, but I believe it was their expectation.  I wish I remembered the language from the Federalist Papers, but there's not a chance I'll come up with it at 4:30 on Friday afternoon.

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