Term Limits for the House and Senate

The Twenty-second Amendment of the United States Constitution sets a term limit for the President of the United States. The United States Congress passed the amendment on March 21, 1947. It was ratified by the requisite number of states on February 27, 1951. However, there are no such limits for members serving in the House or Senate. I propose that House members be limited to 3 terms (6 years) and Senators be limited to 2 terms (12 years) -- these terms are long enough to provide continuity of the government, but short enough to insure turnover to minimize the effect of name recognition in elections, to reduce the tendency for members to abuse their offices for personal gain, pork-barrel spending, and a host of other problems caused by the present seniority systems in both houses of congress.


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Idea No. 2161