Members of Congress need term limits

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: February 3 2014 | 1:50 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 3:06 am in

Congress is not dead but the health of its performance needs TLC (Term Limits for Congress).

In the latest Rasmussen poll of 1,000 likely voters, 74 percent rated Congress’ performance as poor, 16 percent fair, 6 percent good and 1 percent excellent.

In a recent Gallup poll, 75 percent of adults would vote for TLC. Based on party, 82 percent of Republicans, 79 percent of independents, and 65 percent of Democrats would vote for TLC. In four age groups, 73 percent to 77 percent would vote for TLC. This indicates that TLC not only has bipartisan support, but most important, support from all age groups.

TLC requires an amendment to the Constitution. The TLC amendment can be as straightforward as this:

“No person may serve more than 12 years in Congress. Upon ratification, any incumbent whose term exceeds 12 years shall be ineligible for another term in Congress.”

Two ways to accomplish this are two-thirds vote of Congress, ratified by three-fourths of the states, or two-thirds of the states calling for a convention to propose a TLC amendment, to be ratified by three-fourths of the states.

The chances of this happening are slim and none. However, we the citizens can do something. Because voting for TLC is bipartisan and supported by all age groups, I suggest in coming elections to vote for the candidate that campaigns for TLC.

If most of us do this, eventually we can have a much-needed turnover in Congress.

Ivan Hardt

Cedar Rapids


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