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What procedure is required to set term limits for members of Congress?

Ken Little

A constitutional amendment is needed, said Dean M. Mitchell, chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C.

The constitutional amendment requires a two-thirds majority in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, and also ratification by two thirds of the 50 states, Mitchell said.

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4 Responses to “ What procedure is required to set term limits for members of Congress?”

  1. On December 7, 2010 at 7:02 pm Wayne wrote:

    In other words, we will never have term limits.

  2. On December 8, 2010 at 7:25 am charlie wrote:

    While I understand the sentiment behind having an amendment like this, I could never support it. Constitutional amendments that prohibit behavior rather than guarantee a freedom or right are simply bad.

    If the people don’t like the representative, then they will vote them out. That is democracy. I don’t political fat cats anymore than the next person, but but making a limit on them, you would be making a limit on any good and decent politicians that would hold office as well.

  3. On December 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm jack wrote:

    You dont have to worry about it passing; but you’re logic on this amendment is misguided.
    It’s human nature to protect one self before all other actions. Term limits would take the career politician goal off the table; the job is highly sought after and in many instances it is the sole reason behind a politicians decisions, instead of doing what is best for the country. Often what is best for us; is not what we want to do. Difficult decisions are not popular and we are a country of two year olds screaming for mcdonalds every meal; the easy thing to do is give it to us and get reelected even though it will kill us in time. The great career job carrot needs to be eliminated so they have no reason to worry about votes to keep their precious job and can concentrate on doing what is in the best interest of the country instead of themselves.

  4. On December 14, 2010 at 5:55 pm EgoNemo wrote:


    You’re right that human nature needs to be accounted for, but your estimation of human nature is wrong.

    A term-limited member of Congress won’t suddenly become a hero and do the things that need doing. That politician will do what they do now when when their terms are nearly through — as little as possible.

    A term-limit amendment might properly be called the Congressional Lame-Duck Amendment. Lawmakers approaching the end of their finite terms would become either non-entities or, worse, unhinged risk-takers who know they will never be tested again at the ballot box.

    Some members of Congress seem to think they are invicible now — imagine those guys with a year left in their terms, but no possibility of running for re-election.

    Now there’s a real invitation to mischief.

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