Term Limits for The House and Senate

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    IMHO i think a great way to keep our representatives and senators in check would be to impose term limits on their service. We current do this for the president (max 2 - 4 year terms) why is this done for congress.

    look at this:

    currently the longest tenured representative is John Dingell (D - Michigan) he has been serving for 51 years

    the longest tenured Senator is Robert Byrd (D - WV) at 52 years

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    Robert Byrd (H,S) 57 years, 176 days
    Carl Hayden (H,S) 56 years, 319 days
    John Dingell (H) 54 years, 355 days
    Jamie L. Whitten (H) 53 years, 60 days
    Daniel Inouye (H,S) 51 years, 104 days
    Carl Vinson (H) 50 years, 61 days
    Emanuel Celler (H) 49 years, 305 days
    Sam Rayburn (H) 48 years, 257 days
    Joseph Gurney Cannon (H,I) 48 years, 0 days
    Sidney R. Yates (H,I) 48 years, 0 days

    really? does someone who has been in congress longer than many people have been alive really represent the people?

    I think a reasonable term would be the following:

    Senate (3 terms for a total of 18 years)
    House (3 terms for a total of 12 years)

    Senate and House Combined (4 Terms or a total of 20 years combined)

    is this unreasonable?
     
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    If the american voters were not so stupit we would not need even discuss term limits.
    Why try and fix our stupidity with a law?
     
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    In March 1995, and as a direct result of the Contract With America, the Republicans proposed and brought before the house a bill for a constitutional amendment for two 6 year terms for the senate, and six 2 year terms for house members. It did not get the 2/3rd vote required for a constituional amendment.

    "In 2007, Professor Larry J. Sabato revived the debate over term limits by arguing in A More Perfect Constitution that the success and popularity of term limits at the state level suggests that they should be adopted at the federal level as well. He specifically put forth the idea of congressional term limits and suggested a national constitutional convention be used to accomplish the amendment, since the Congress would be unlikely to propose and adopt any amendment that limits its own power."
     
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    Once again for the slow. It would require a Constitutional Amendment to term limit Congress.
     
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    What universe do you live in? It isn't the same one as rdean, because his universe elects the house every two years, like ours.
     
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    Some of you people do not get it do you?

    Why would we need term limits? Vote the bums out.

    We need a constitutional amendment to cover for our stupidity?
     
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    Term limits do nothing. Garbage in, Garbage out
     
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    Term limits are a fundamentally sensible idea, and I'd favor them to be even more restrictive than other proposals: basically senators would be limited to a single term, with the possibility of re-election after sitting out at least one term; representatives would be limited to two terms (4 years), with possibility of re-election after sitting out at least two terms (4 years).

    Something like that would keep fresh blood flowing more continually (or fresh garbage, at least), while still maintaining an "incentive" to do well (if such a thing exist). It's obvious that incumbent congresspeople have a huge statistical advantage, and usually because they can always amass more patronage to distribute and more pork with which to lure corporate dollars [and this because they live in Washington with the lobbyists and not at their district with the people they're supposed to represent]. Term limits at least attempt to keep the political class on their toes, it keeps them thinking in the long term and without such the heavy focus of elections EVERY 1.5 years for Reps or 5.5 years for Sens.
     
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    Exactly!

    House representatives serve two years while Senators serve six years. It's the voter who decides if they serve longer.

    I think the system is good the way it is. You need continuity in government, and Congress is the backbone of our governing system. It's just a matter of voters being smart about who they let run the system.
     
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    Given the state of the government today, it would appear so.
     

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