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On Congress: Should members of Congress have term limits?

October 1, 2015

By Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices staff writer

On Feb. 27, 1951, the 22nd Amendment was added to the Constitution, limiting the number of terms a president can serve to two. This came after the tradition of a president serving only two terms – established by George Washington – ended when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to a third and fourth term.

Soon after Roosevelt’s death, Congress began to push for an amendment to require term limits for presidents in order to restrict the increasing power of the executive that emerged during FDR’s 12 years in office.

Over 50 years later, 75 percent of Americans agreed that the Senate and the House of Representatives should adopt term limits, according to a 2013 Gallup poll.

States have attempted to impose term limits on their federal lawmakers. Twenty-three states adopted term limits for legislators who represent them in Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court invalidated those laws in 1995, when it ruled in U.S. Term Limits v. Thornton that states couldn’t adopt qualifications for members of Congress that are stricter than those specified in the Constitution.

While states cannot restrict the number of terms for a U.S. senator or U.S. representative, 15 states have adopted term limits for their state legislators.

In order for term limits to become constitutional, an amendment to the U.S. Constitution would require approval from two-thirds of the House of Representatives and the Senate and from a majority of the states.

Supporters of term limits for congressional members offer many arguments. Austin Sekel of the U.S. Term Limits advocacy group wrote that “term limits don’t exist to keep people out of office. They exist to make the regular rotation possible, and to create opportunities for new leaders to emerge.”

Other arguments include:
  • Term limits have support of a majority of Americans.
  • The cost of funding a campaign against incumbents is becoming increasingly more expensive, making it harder for good         candidates to unseat incumbents.
  • They would prevent legislators from becoming professional politicians.
  • Representatives would be more inclined to do what is right for their constituencies and the country, as opposed to what is popular.
  • Longer-serving representatives would be prevented from accumulating a disproportionate amount of power through seniority. 
There are also many reasons for not adopting term limits. Term limits were specifically left out of the Constitution. They were included in the Articles of Confederation, and some considered them one of the reasons for the government’s weakness.

Robert Livingstone of New York argued that term limits were restrictions on voters and whom they chose to represent them, stating: “The people are the best judges of who ought to represent them. To dictate and control them, to tell them whom they should not elect, is to abridge their natural rights. This rotation is an absurd species of ostracism."

Other arguments include: 
  • Elections are effective in keeping bad legislators out of Congress. 
  • Longer-serving legislators with years of experience are more effective than less-experienced representatives. 
  • Term limits would give more power to unelected bureaucrats who run federal agencies and lobbyists. 
  • The high turnover of legislators would lead to an inefficient government. 
  • Term limits are undemocratic, limiting who can serve goes against the principles of the Constitution. 
  • As seen at the state level, legislatures with term limits face the same problems as legislatures that do not. 
What do you think?

Should Congress begin the process for an amendment limiting the terms for members of Congress? What are other arguments for term limits? What are other arguments against term limits? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!
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5/11/2018
Murrieta/California
Jonathan Baker
Jabro/MCA
I believe they should have terms because what if they aren't as good of a congress member as we thought we should have terms so when that one is done we can vote in another soon after rather than wait a long time.

4/11/2018
Minnesta
Odessa
Century JR High
I believe if we put new people in Congress in then they wouldn't be caught up with whats happening or what the old congressmen and women were trying to do. If they go and ask them and discuss things then maybe they can have a job but its not fair to those in Congress who were working on a project to be kicked out. Especially if that project can help our education system or our hospitals.

4/3/2018
New York
Aliyah
Belleville Henderson Central
I don’t think that Congress should have term limits. I believe that if Congress had term limits good legislators could be put out of a job. Why would you replace a legislator that is good at their job and knows what their doing, and is benefitting the people's needs with someone new and inexperienced, who may not be as in tune with the citizens they represent? I understand needing to be able to train new legislators to give them knowledge and experience but maybe we could create a system so that current legislators take on “apprentices” so as to show them how they have become as successful in their job.

3/29/2018
New York
Marissa
Belleville Henderson
My personal belief is that Congress should begin the process for an amendment limiting the terms for members of Congress because after serving for many years, leaders tend to lose new ideas on how to make our country better. New leaders can bring new and better ideas for our upcoming generation, especially if they are younger in age. Leaders should be able to relate and understand their people which is why I believe when leaders stay in office for too long, they tend to forget what is happening for people on a day-to-day basis. Some other arguments for term limits, according to the article, include longer- serving representatives would be prevented from accumulating a disproportionate amount of power through seniority and that term limits are supported by many Americans. Some of the arguments against term limits include; elections are effective in keeping bad legislatures out of congress and term limits are undemocratic, limiting who can serve goes against the principles of the Constitution.

3/29/2018
NY
Jakob
BHCS
It is the duty and the right of the American citizen to make sure the country is being run in the most fair and effective way for the general welfare, as alluded to in the preamble of the constitution. Ultimately, most if not all decisions are made by the people in this country, our leaders and representatives are put in that position because the people believe he or she is most fit to carry out the needs of the people. If a leader comes into a position and carries out their duty to the maximum and brings us into prosperous and peaceful times then there is no reason they should be bound to a term limit. Many will say that it would be too much like a dictatorship if we continued to have the same president over and over again, but I tend to disagree with that statement. In our beautiful country, the people will always have the right to vote out any leader once that term is up. So if it comes time that the president is no longer fit to serve the country or the people are starting to be annoyed then they need to get their butts out to vote in the next election. We will never be ruled over by a leader because we are the rulers and we choose all together what we want our home to be like. Thank You, and God Bless America

3/29/2018
NY
Allison
Colby
I do not believe that congress should begin the process for an amendment limiting the terms for members of congress. Although term limits do allow for change and variety to be constant in our government, I do believe that if someone is doing well at their job, and the people like them, they should be able to maintain this position until the people want someone new. Either way it is up to the people who they want in office and if that person is who the people want, what does it matter if they've reached their term limit?

3/29/2018
Mannsville/NY
Emma
Colby/Belleville Henderson
I believe that there should not be term limits for the members of Congress. If a person in is doing a good job and the people like them, they should not be forced out of their position when the come to the end of their term. I can see the positives of term limits, that it could help to remove a person that isn't doing the best job, however that doesn't outweigh the negatives. If the people do not believe that a member of congress is doing a good job, they can simply vote them out at the end of a term, and if the people as a whole very much like a member and they are doing a good job then they can continue to vote them into that position. There shouldn't be a limit on how long a person can do their job.

3/29/2018
Belleville, N.Y.
Madison
Belleville Henderson
I personally believe that there should not be a limit on Congress terms. I believe this because if a person continually is elected and is continuing to do a good job and has gained the favor of the people then he/she should be left in office. If the people are in favor of a candidate and like what they are doing they should be able to earn the position they have and hold it until the people decide that he is not fit to hold his position anymore. If the people want that person to represent then because he is fulfilling his duty then it would not make sense to end his term if he is pleasing the people. If the people don't feel happy with him then they can remove him if they want but he will stay as long as the people vote for him and support him.

3/27/2018
belleville NY
jordond
colby/belleville
I believe that congress terms should not have limits and i say this because why would you get rid of a man or women who can do his/her job correctly? It just makes sense that you would want your best representative to represent your state. However having a term limit could help get better and smarter people in office faster to do hi/her job to the best of there ability.

3/27/2018
Mannsville/N.Y.
Joshua
Colby/Belleville Henderson
I personally believe that there should not be limits on terms for members of congress. I think there should not be a term because what if some one good comes along? If this person comes along and is doing great things he should not be forced to leave. Especially if the people like them, they are gonna want them around to keep making good decisions and making the world a better place. Arguments for term limits could be that the next person to come would have better ideas than the person before.

3/27/2018
Belleville, New York
Logan
Ms. Colby/ Belleville Henderson
I do not think Congress should have term limits. Term limits are a good idea in theory but the benefits do not outweigh the drawbacks. I think Congress shouldn't have term limits because if a certain legislator is doing a really good job, why should they have to leave? The people and the voting process is the best way to get incapable people out of office. If the people do not want a certain lawmaker in office they would vote them out. On the other side, if the people voted in a really great person they shouldn't be limited to their term limits. The whole idea of the Congress is to find someone capable of leading the people and keep them in office and the whole idea of term limits would severely hinder that notion.

3/27/2018
Belleville/NY
Grace
Miss Colby
Congress should begin the process for an amendment that limits the terms for members of Congress. They should do this because, it creates more opportunities for other leaders. The term limits already have the support of the majority of Americans. But other arguments are, that legislatures with term limits face the same problems as legislatures that do not.

3/27/2018
New York
Aidan
BHCS
I think Congress should begin the process for an amendment limiting the terms for members of Congress. This is because people who have great leadership qualities might not be able to get into office because all the seats are full. Other arguments for term limits may be that you can have a crook in office that can lead to horrible things. Other arguments against term limits may be that you can get rid of a good leader.

3/27/2018
New York
Zane
Ms. Colby
Even though I see how no limits to terms could negatively impact the citizens of the US, I think it is beneficial to keep experienced people in the lawmaking position. Even though the people making our laws can become old and outdated, they still have the experience needed in order to evaluate if a law has loopholes that could hurt the citizens. People that aren't experienced lawmakers could come to these and not see all possible stances on a law. There are still elections for these positions, so it isn't like new people couldn't get elected in. If a person isn't doing their job, and it is seen by the people, they will be replaced.

3/27/2018
Belleville/ New York
Gianna
Colby/ Belleville Henderson
I think that there should be term limits on Congress because it wouldn't allow congress members to be in office for too many years and there would be opportunity's for different people to come and share their ideas. I feel as if they run for so long they will start making poor decisions for people

3/27/2018
Belleville/NY
Kole
Colby/BHCS
Yes i do believe congress members should have term limits because some people may not like the person in congress so if theirs a term limit and it runs out other people have a chance to elect someone they like into congress. Also term limits makes it more fair so you always have people in congress that have been there around the same length of time.

3/27/2018
New York
Jordan
Belleville Henderson
There should be term limits for the members of congress. By doing this, it opens up the chances for new jobs for certain people and also allows new people to come in with different ideas and opinions. They would be able to try to make an impact, and in some cases do a better job than the person who had the position before them. The downfall of this idea is that it could also force the ones who are really good at their job, and know what they're doing out.

3/27/2018
Belleville/ New York
Jayda
Colby/ Belleville Henderson
I don't believe Congress should begin the process for an amendment limiting the terms for members of congress because if they aren't doing a good job, they can be voted out. However, if they are doing a fantastic job, why would we limit how long they can continue to do so? I can understand why people argue that term limits will help new leaders emerge, but those new leaders can still get voted in without having a term limit on another representative.

3/27/2018
JCPS
Tatyanah
Ms.Mariarty
I think the congress should have term limits because like Austin Sekel said terms limits dont exist to keep people out the office they exist to make the regular rotation possible and create opportunities for new leaders to emerge and i think thats true because we need new leaders so they can have an opportunity to to run the office and its not about getting rid of the people in the office its about the rotation of the people who wants to do it

3/26/2018
louisville, kentucky
Zack
JCPS
I think that there should be term limits on the Senate and House of Represenatives because it wouldn't allow congress members to be in office for too many years and not have any new ideas but the same ones they have had in pass terms. Also would but new faces in Congress with there own ideas that could help improve the government.

3/15/2018
Louisville, KY
Austin
JCPS
I feel that there should be term limits for the Senate and House of Representatives because it will create more fresh and new ideas to come into Congress. It will also help the one or two terms that a person would serve in their position, they will work harder and with more purpose because they know their time is limited.

3/12/2018
SC
Courtney
Ferguson
Honestly, The amount of things being done now, would actually be done the same without term limits.

2/15/2018
Illinois
Karina
LWE
I think that there should be limits on terms congress get to serve. I feel as though we have had the same people serving for so long that everyone is just scared to elect someone new in. Studies show that 96% of congress gets reelected, which means only 4% of congress coming in is new. Those numbers should be the other way around because our government will be running more efficiently since we would have new "flavors" in the mix. Why should congress get to serve for however long they get elected for, but the president only can serve 2 terms?

1/31/2018
oregon
Adrei
canyonville
i think there should be no limits on how meny times you should becasue some people woundent like it and if they did they would still get a chance.

1/8/2018
Sidney/Montana
Luke Turek
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
While many say that imposing term limits on members of Congress inhibits democracy, I believe that doing so would protect the interests of the American people, and that a Constitutional amendment should therefore be made to facilitate this. Some may say that “ballot boxes serve as term limits”, in the sense that voters will only elect certain candidates as long as they like them, switching their vote as soon as someone who better represents their interests arrives. However, given that the reelection rate of incumbents is over 90%, this doesn’t really seem to be the case at all. Incumbents already have the backing of their party and those who previously voted for them, making it much harder for candidates with new ideas to get elected and bring those ideas to fruition. Imposing reasonable term limits that still allow members of the House and Senate to serve multiple terms would allow them to get into Congress, learn the ropes and acquaint themselves with fellow members, and make the most of their time without allowing for the possibility of them becoming career politicians. This would also incentivize them to try to cooperate with members of other parties and get major legislation passed quickly, rather than squabbling in partisan debates. Ultimately, I believe it is in the best interests of the American people to have members of Congress have a maximum number of terms they can serve in office, whether they be consecutive or not, to ensure that they use their time well and don’t just make petty efforts to get reelected.

1/8/2018
las vegas , nevada
kayvion
canyon springs
i believe that there should not be term limits due to the public not supporting the idea of tern limits.Americans sometimes dont know best , allowing term limits will be allowing people with no experience. enforcing term limits is against the constitution so in order to get it past there are some challenges tough challenges that you must by past. Things wouldn't change with term limits , the amount of things being done now would be done the same without term limits.

1/8/2018
Sidney/Montana
Carson
Mr. Faulaber/Sidney High School
I believe that there should be term limits for members of Congress. Hypothetically with term limits in Congress, Congressmen would have to support their constituents more often as they will soon be constituents themselves. Ultimately members of Congress have unlimited term limits, allowing them to become corrupt and pursue personal interests. These members are increasingly hard to vote out and near impossible to expel from Congress. Long serving members of Congress also may stick to outdated agendas that got them voted in but no need to be updated to better the country. Term limits would allow fresh ideas and perspectives to come into Congress as new members were voted in. Members of Congress should not were never meant to become permanently fixtures in our government.

1/7/2018
Sidney,MT
Tierrany Trudell
Mr.Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Yes, Congress should begin the process for an amendment limiting the terms for members of Congress to get rotations flowing. The president has term limits, so members of Congress should as well. While members of Congress don't posses as much power as the president, they gain too much power from being Congress so long. I think the average voter only votes when there are presidential elections and don't even know who the people running for Congress are, therefore they have a tendency to vote for the incumbent rather than who might actually be the best choice. When people get in a position for too long I don't think they make decisions based on what they think are the best choices and instead are influences by special interest groups that might have some power over them.

1/7/2018
Sidney/MT
Jocee
SHS/Faulhaber
I think Congress should begin the process of an amendment to enact term limits for members of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Term limits provide the opportunity for a fresh prospective to be brought to the forefront of discussions and potentially lowers the rate of incumbency. I agree with the proposition that term limits will encourage representatives to accomplish something since they have a shorter period of time to prove to their constituents that they have accomplished something beneficial. I am in agreeance with the majority of Americans on this issue, term limits would have a positive effect upon our beloved country.

1/7/2018
Sidney/MT
Breanna
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Yes, Congress should begin the process for an amendment limiting the terms for members of Congress. I side with those seeking change. An argument for this side includes as follows, corruption in the government, Congress already has bad approval ratings and only cares about re-election, not what the people want. Cycling through Congress and then back to reality would allow members to be more effective. Article V of the Constitution would allow this amendment to be constitutional. Opponents might say experience and independence allow for more knowledge and benefits. Another point they might add is congressional term limits are undemocratic and the constituency should be able to reward and punish its representatives as it sees fit.

1/7/2018
Sidney/MT
Madison
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I do not think there should be term limits in Congress. Even though there are some bad or corrupt legislators, it is up to the voters in each state to keep them out of office and elect those who would do a better job. As stated in the article, "the people are the best judges of who ought to represent them". By creating term limits, Congress would be taking away the peoples' right to elect their national representatives.

1/7/2018
Sidney, MT
Naomi Mata
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I believe that there should not be term limits. It does have public support, but sometimes Americans do not know what is best. Without term limits there will be people with experience compared to others who will not have as much experience as they do. Nothing would not change with term limits, the same amount of things done would stay the same. Also, enforcing term limits is against the Constitution, so it would be near impossible to get it passed.

1/7/2018
Sidney MT
Myka
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe that Congress should begin the process for an amendment limiting the terms for members of Congress. As said in the text, I agree that term limits are dangerous and they do not exist to just keep people out of Congress, they exist to make the rotation possible and create opportunities for new leaders to emerge into society as a whole. There are many arguments for term limits, such as having a support of the majority of Americans, preventing legislators from becoming pro-politicians, and Representatives would be more inclined to do what is right for their constituencies, rather than what is popular. Arguments against term limits would be that they are undemocratic, because limiting who can serve goes against the principles of the constitution, longer-serving legislators are more experienced than short-serving legislators, and elections are effective in keeping bad legislators out of Congress.

1/7/2018
Sidney/MT
Tierney
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Congress should begin the process for an amendment limiting the terms for members of Congress. First of all, I believe it would keep the government from becoming stagnant and allow fresh, new ideas into the governmental system. In addition, as the Annenberg article mentioned, the representatives would feel more obliged to do what is right for their constituents and the country rather then what is popular or has the best chance of getting them re-elected. Having term limits would also prevent the 90% likelihood of incumbents being re-elected over other candidates, whom may really be a better choice for our country. While there are many arguments for term limits, Senator Jon Tester made a good point about what happens with term limits. With term limits in place, he found that it was difficult to build relationships, which I can see being a problem. However, I think with some good effort and hard work one can overcome that problem and build good, solid relationships while in office, especially if the term limits were say, limited anywhere from three to five terms. All in all, I think putting term limits in place would increase Congress's approval ratings and help bring change into the government system, which would be beneficial to everyone in America.

1/7/2018
Sidney/MT
Kyle
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I believe that term limits are a very important aspect of American government. They allow, as Austin Sekel said, for there to be new opportunities for new leaders. I feel that this is very important since our country is constantly changing socially, and in beliefs, a fresh look and new input is very important. That being said, when considering the Congress, the more time these individuals spend together, the easier it is for them to discuss and make important decisions. Still, nonetheless, term limits are important for limiting government power, and allowing the people to give their opinions on who should be in office via elections. If someone did a great job, they will likely be re-elected.

12/13/2017
murrieta
velma
jabro
I think that there shouldn't be limits but consequences for the ones who need it

12/6/2017
murrieta ca
kendall
mca jabro
i think there should be a limit for everyone but they should be able to stay past the limit if they can prove it will help. like a president almost

12/6/2017
WI
Jordan
Kliment
honestlee i think their shuld be a limit on terms of offise. that way no on has power for a lon time!

12/4/2017
Murrieta,Ca
Monique
Jabro/MCA
I think there shouldn't be term limits but to give consequences to those who do things they shouldn't be doing

12/4/2017
Murrieta
Allyssa
Jabro/MCA
I believe there should be term limits for the congress members. Other arguments are for the presidency terms. I feel like if the president did a good job and did what they said they were going to do, then they should be able to get a third trimester as the president. If they did a bad job then they shouldn't be able to have a second term.

3/2/2017
Middletown NY
Celia
Mrs.Younghans, Middletown Highschool
I believe that there should be term limits , but at the cost that that's what the people want . Depending on the presidency and after the maximum terms are up then it should evaluated by congress and the people whether that individual should continue to be president or not. If the president wasn't a good one then nobody would obviously vote for them again but if they were and did the changes they said they were going to do in their campaign then it should be allowed.

8/4/2016
MO
Jim
UMSL
I am in favor of term limits, but with a twist. I would like to see the term limits equal 2 terms but, only have 1 election. The House would serve 1 4 year term, the Senate 1 12 year term, and the President 1 8 year term. Not having to run for re-election would empower our reps to do what's best for the country and not have to worry about being popular enough to be re-elected. I would also like to see all federal campaigns be financed by the government, limiting special interest influence on our elected officials.

6/10/2016
California
Marco
Mr jabro
In my opinion i think that terms in congress should be limited because if someone does something bad yes there in power but should have some what a punishment

4/3/2016
Wallenpaupack
Wallace Terrance
Smith
There shouldn't be term limits because the process of making a new law/amendment is too lengthy and reaguires 66%of congress to pass wich will not happen since most of them are career politicians and would be throwing away there job then.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg PA
Nkosi
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think that terms in Congress should be limited. When someone is bad or corrupt they shouldn't stay in power. Just look at the other countries. When their dictators serve for a long time or even life, the country goes downhill to the point that the leader gets killed by rebels.It just causes conflict.

1/31/2016
West St. Louis county MO
Michael
Mrs. Callahan
The corruption of a politician is entirely due to the time they're in office. I believe the election process should not require the amount of money that has become involved. Donors want a return on investment, politicians will do favors for donations. The longer they're in office the more favors they owe. The Founders envisioned a gov't OF the people FOR the people, .... a person is elected, they go and SERVE the people, their electorate, and afterward return to their life. Salaries, benefits and other perks are for another discussion, but being a congressman should NOT make one wealthy. STOP corruption, NEVER re-elect ANYONE

1/28/2016
Illinois
Gus
West Salem
There should be term limits since if we have old people with same ideas we could put in a new and more younger person. He/she would be the one to come up with the new greater ideas that would help everyone around. If we did not have term limits we would be in a total ANARCHY!

1/27/2016
Illinois
Jacob
West Salem
I don´t think that there should be term limitations because maybe we want the same person forever in office. Maybe we shouldn´t have government at all. then we could have an ANARCHY!

1/27/2016
west salem
race
wsgs
i think there should be term limits. thats it

12/4/2015
Watertown, MA
Amin
Rimas/Watertown High
There's no reason for Congress to have term limits. It's really fairly simple. If a congressman is serving his constituents well, and does his job, and he is re-elected, regardless of how many times, there shouldn't be an issue with that. If they do not do their job, and do not serve their constituents, then they won't be re-elected. No reason to limit the amount of time that someone can do a great job for.

11/12/2015
Irving TX
Denia Rodriguez
Etheridge Nimitz
Members of Congress should have term limits. It would encourage new ideas and limit prejudices and old thinking in general. It would also eliminate any possible corruption that emerges out of experience.

11/11/2015
Irving, TX
Rolando
Mrs. Bradley Nimitz
I would suggest to limit terms on congress, the fact is many people in politics tend to make it, basically a career. It’s not that it’s bad, however other people should have the chance to serve as a Senator or a House representative. Many people would enjoy and have the experience onto having the chance to serve in the government. Yet, the constitution never said anything about term limits in congress. The fear of having a weak government with new leaders. However, sometimes giving the chance to new things, great things can happen.

11/10/2015
Irving/Tx
Daisy A.
Bradley/Nimitz
Seniority helps with the idea of maintaining past traditions and ideals, it keeps us from running too far from our roots. However, a regular rotation allows us to adjust to the new culture, provides fresh insiders of society itself who could bring new ideas to the table with insight and reason to back it up. Without actual proof or someone to speak up to the seniority there can only be assumption. Seniority is full of wisdom yes but if the old ways haven't worked for us we should at least be willing to see what the future leaders of our nation have to say. There's reason and motivation in those who choose to make politics their life, we should at least give them a chance.

11/9/2015
Irving/Texas
Erica
Bradley/Nimitz
Term limits may serve as an inconvenience in our government. Seniority is important when Congress members serve in committees. Their experiences in prior terms benefit them because of the wisdom gained through their triumphs and mistakes aid in better decision making and expertise in that subject. This wisdom won't often be found in a newer member.

11/9/2015
Irving,Tx
Maria
Etheridge/Nimitz
I believe there should be term limits to a point. Setting limits on terms does seem a bit undemocratic but if the limit is set a little high it gives the good congressmen their time to make a difference and be the good that citizens asked for and also will eventually get rid of the congressmen who have ran their course and/or have an unfair advantage of being an incumbent who is only voted for because they are all a person knows.

11/5/2015
Irving/Texas
Cesar
Etheridge/Nimitz
It should have term limits.Congress right now is running at a impasse.Older members live in safe districts where they can just stop all things they don't like and still be reelected. We put a term limit on the president than why not on our congressman? If we keep allowing them to just sit there for years then we are allowing them to put a halt on important issues that we elect a president to handle in his time in congress

11/4/2015
Irving/Texas
Jonathan
Etheridge/Nimitz
Congress should work towards making an amendment to have term limits on members of congress in order to get the rotations flowing. Members of congress carry too much power if they are always in power. Congress eventually could prevent the president from getting anything done if they are opposite parties with the president, and this could keep happening if members of congress just happened to keep getting re-elected without any limits.

11/1/2015
Irving/Texas
Gabriela
Bradley/Nimitz
Congress should begin the process for an amendment limiting the terms for members of Congress. My reason is because when congress are in long terms they tend to get very powerful, and not have an open-mind over current situations. On the other hand, having new Congressmen in can bring in newer ideas and solutions to current problems. Also, they would be younger, have different experiences and more recent knowledge than the congress who have been in long-terms. New congressmen will bring up an efficient government and therefore they should enforce the process for an Amendment limiting the terms of Congress.

10/31/2015
Irving/TX
Kendyl
Etheridge/Nimitz High
I personally believe that having term limits on Congress would essentially be beneficial for everyone in America. The reason is because we are moving into an era of modernity which means we have now based our lives over technology, so we need New Congressmen, rather than the Old Congressmen, to operate and improve our society both mentally and physically. Therefore, my point is that the process for term limits should've long ago started when the new generation was coming into existence.

10/27/2015
Irving/Texas
Anthony
Etheridge/Nimitz High
In my personal opinion, i feel that there is an immense importance for the congressman to have term limits. Why? because as times progresses and presidents change, people want to feel like they've got updated and new people, rather than to have the same people. Although the elder congressmen would no longer be there in the future, they could still help out the newer congressmen to be likewise as them. This would effectively help our congress and could potentially improve the nation.

10/26/2015
Irving/TX
Miryam
Etheridge/Nimitz
Members of Congress should have term limits because it gives the people of this nation the ease that there will always be new and better leaders to elect. Being a Congressman is already one of the most stressful jobs there is, it is not easy to please both the people and their political party. Term limits would only bring relief to today's fragile congress because it would give equal individual power to each congressman. There would no longer be unequal distribution of power among the members and unequal advantage based on years of service.

10/26/2015
Irving/Tx
Hernan
Etheridge/Nimitz
Even though an amendment limiting terms of members of congress might be a good idea, it would not be the best decision. Unless, if the term limit is long, providing some continuity and some change. I believe there shouldn't be term limits, so the legislators can gain more experience and be more effective. Legislators should be able to keep being elected if the people like what they are doing.

10/26/2015
Irving/Texas
Nicole N
Bradley/Nimitz
There should be term limits in Congress. Reason being is because we as people are evolving which means our views are evolving as well. If congress is to represent us they should change with us, it’s only logical. Our public interest should be what’s important and how can it be when we don’t agree on things and have such varying opinions? It should just be clear that term limits should be in congress’ interest to do.

10/25/2015
Irving/TX
Caroline
Bradley/Nimitz
By imposing term limits for their lawmakers, states are limiting how long a Congressman can stay in office. With such limits, Congress is providing the opportunity for other leaders to become members in Congress. Term limits allow for new leaders to emerge in the world of politics. But by adding an amendment to the constitution that limits terms for members of Congress, the United States will be deemed as weak. The government of the United States shouldn’t have to create an amendment that restricts the number of terms for Congress members. Leaders in congress should know when the time has come for them to step down from their positions, and let somebody new into the world of Congress. If term limits were to be created, then the weakness of the United States would be brought into the limelight. Obviously, the government wouldn’t want the United States to be perceived as weak by other countries. Therefore Congress should not begin the process for an amendment limiting the terms for members of Congress.

10/22/2015
Irving/Texas
Aron
Bradley/Nimitz
Congress should not limit the term limits for its members. The development of experience in United States politics is essential for creating strong politicians who could possibly move up to the level of president, and to ensure that strong commitee and speaker leadership is circulated throughout Congress to ensure that debates and votes go quickly and efficiently to prevent gridlock. An example of this would be LBJ in the 1960s, as his knowledge and experience of both houses of congress allowed him to pass much more legislation than JFK ever could.

10/15/2015
Irving/Texas
Ryan
Bradley/Nimitz
Members of the United States Congress should have term limits, but the elections should be held only once every five years. This would provide plenty of time in office for members of Congress, while giving new leaders a chance to emerge. The exemption here should be for Committee leaders within Congress, who should be allowed to stay in office until they are removed as a committee leader, at which point they will have to tun for re-election at the next round of campaigns. This system will keep the foundational members of Congress in power to provide consistency, while allowing new members to rise through the ranks of Congress.

10/15/2015
Irving,Texas
Desarae
Bradley/Nimitz
I truly believe that congress should begin the process of an amendment to limit the terms for members of Congress, for the very reason being that there needs to be equality to where everyone gets the same chance to get to run for elected office. Others may argue against term limits because they feel it against their natural right and who they want to represent them. As for the opposing view on term rights, many do agree, that there does need to be actions taken place for this amendment, because long serving representatives would be prevented from an amassed disproportionate amount of power through seniority. Overall as whole I do feel that there is more reasoning behind approving term limits for members of Congress because of the outweigh of positive effects that would happen if amendment was approved.

10/15/2015
Irving/Texas
Jose
Bradley/Nimitz
No Congress should not make an amendment that will limit their terms in Congress. This should be because this will allow congressman to be experienced in politics of our country. As James Madison stated in his Federalist Papers that all men are not perfect, and that congress will make mistakes, but that is why we the people have a duty to check on our congressman and make sure they are representing us or we can kick them out of office. Term on limits could be good by which will make congressmen more concentrated to be making contributions in our country that their names will be remembered for future generations. Limiting terms will be bad for our country because after a while all of our good congressmen will not be able to be elected even though a majority of people believe he is perfect for the position. Another problem is that many new congressman will not be experienced enough and as time showed us that we learn from our mistakes and improve. Congressmen should not have limited terms because it is an important duty to be in congress, and they always can be voted out of office by us,the people, which is our job to be active in our politics.

10/14/2015
Irving,Texas
Nicholas
Bradley/Nimitz
I think that members of congress shouldn't have term limits. I believe that most politicians that make choices that favor the people they start to like that certain politician. But if that politicians term has ended then that means that a different politician will take his place, and chances are that politicians choices won't favor the people. I don't voters would want to lose a member of congress they favor just because their term has ended. I mean FDR's presidency ran for four terms and in my opinion he was one of our best. I think that a congressman's terms should based on a vote of the people, and our 22nd amendment should be re-evaluated.

10/14/2015
Irving/Texas
Leslie
Bradley/Nimitz
In my opinion, Congress should begin the process for an amendment limiting the terms for members of Congress because the longer the members remain in congress they will become greedy, will worry about "private interests"(own power) instead of "public interests" (the people) and will have more pressure. Arguments in favor of limiting terms in congress are it will keep bad legislators out, and bring new ideas from new members. Arguments against limiting terms are that funding campaigns of new members will turn out expensive, this will hurt the small states, and the experienced members in congress will have to leave.

10/14/2015
Murrieta Ca
Corey
Mr. Jabro / Creekside high school
Congress should begin the process of a term limit. This will ultimately allow new faces to get elected into congress, rather than the same congressmen and congresswomen having say in what goes on and eventually cause a stagnation of opinions. New members of congress will constantly challenge and support new ideas; that older, more "experienced" members wouldn't have made.

10/14/2015
Murrieta/CA
Joshua
Mr. Jabro/ Creekside high school
I believe that Congress should begin the process for an amendment limiting term for members of Congress because if we get a bad ruler we will be stuck with them for a while. Plus the constant cycle of different Congress rulers will allow future Congress rulers to learn from past ruler mistakes. Other arguments for term limits are they would prevent legislators from becoming professional politicians. Other arguments against term limits are Elections are effective in keeping bad legislators out of Congress.

10/14/2015
Irving/Texas
Lija
Bradley/Nimitz
The congress should process for an amendment limiting the term for members of congress because if only a single member rule for a long time then we will not have the participation of other members and our ideas and inputs will be so low and that will be bad for the growth of our country . And if they rule for a long time they will have more pressure from outside so that is bad for our country too.

10/13/2015
Irving, Tx
Alicia
Bradley/Nimitz
Members of congress should have a term limit. With times changing, the government leadership should reflect the change in people's views. If new leadership does not arise, how can government prove it is truly representative of the country they have been chosen to take care of? These representatives are already known and find it much easier to raise funds for their campaign as opposed to an up and coming representative, leaving the new rep struggling for any of the spotlight next to the rerunning representative. Overall, yes, we should have term limits in Congress.

10/13/2015
Irving/Texas
Julia A
Bradley/Nimitz
Congress should process an amendment limiting the terms of congress members because the more time they have in congress ,the more pressure they have . When the members are given more time they can get more greedy for power and so they can do whatever they want. Also limiting powers makes it easier for people to choose whom to vote for based on the congress members past activities.

10/13/2015
Irving/TX
Eric
Bradley/Nimitz
Congressmen, like The President ran for election into the seats they hold today. In theory it'd only be fair for congressman to hold their position for a limited amount of terms just like The President, but there is a major difference that justifies the limitless terms. The men in congress discuss among themselves what legislation to consider passing. The President is one person, and that spot should be open for others to have a chance to lead. Congress is full of different opinions, and people who are good at what they do should be able to stay, and help lead those who are new, or need leadership. Though limiting the amount of terms would incline congressmen to actually do what is right for the country instead of worrying about things they selfishly want, it would be seen as undemocratic. There are 2 reasonable sides to this debate, but the limitation on terms would be unfair.

10/13/2015
irving/tx
Luz Martinez
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that Congress should begin the process for an amendment limiting the terms for members of congress because it is the only way to clean up congress. The movement to limit political terms is steamrolling through American politics. An arguments for term limits is, a powerful political force, as demonstrated by the results of numerous state referendum, state legislative outcomes, and candidate election results term limits secure Congress's independent judgment and term limits are a vital political reform that would bring new perspectives to Congress, mandate frequent legislative turnover, and diminish incentives for wasteful election-related federal spending that currently flourish in a careerist congressional culture. Arguments against term limits are that term limits will harm small states and will lock out experienced legislators.

10/13/2015
Irving/TX
Luis M
Bradley/Nimitz
Both the Senate and House of Representatives today have so many members that is sometimes hard to know each by name. On the other hand, we don't know how many years they have been in Congress, maybe four or ten years who knows and now people want to limit terms of these congressman by proposing an amendment. When FDR was in office, he was considered a great president and served four terms as president. The 22nd amendment which limits the president's terms to only two. This action changed how many years we have the same president, but now we are trying to limit terms of congressman. In my opinion, limiting terms of congressman is really not necessary because these senators and representatives like presidents ran for their seats, but the position of these congressman is different from the president's, they are the ones who propose ideas and problems which can lead to laws or amendments. Congressman are chosen by their quality of work and the ideas they are proposing when they get elected into office so the arguments of the older the better or it's expensive to run a campaign are all ideas that congressman should be limited to a certain number of terms is overrated.

10/13/2015
Murrieta,CA
Davin
Mr.Jabro/Creekside
Members of congress should definitely have term limits, putting the pressure on them to do things that only benifit this country as a whole. If a person has such a power for too long, it can get to their heads, causing them to become selfish and seek more power.

10/9/2015
Murrieta, California
Daniel
Jabro, CreekSide
Congress shouldn't put an amendment limiting the terms for members of congress. I think forcing the experienced members to go after their term is up would be inefficient. The voters really have the responsibility of who to choose to dictate and control their country.

10/9/2015
Murrieta, Ca
Jakob
Mr. Jabro / Creekside High school
yes i believe congress should have term limits because if a person in congress gets in on office and the power goes to his or her head we are in a lot of trouble and if you don't limit how long they are inn office they can keep staying and screwing up this country.

10/8/2015
Murrieta, CA
Robert
Jabro/ Creekside
I believe that congressmen should have a number of years. I believe that after 10-20 years in office that they should hold a vote to see what they have done in the past years and if they haven't done anything then replace them. Let congress know whose in charge and they better make great choices about the American way of like and make surer they get there business taken care of before they want to do it again.

10/8/2015
Irving/Tx
Xiomara
Etheridge/Nimitz
There should be a term limit for Congress other wise our country would not be a democracy anymore. Having a new Congressmen should be good there is many people with great ideas for the country to succeed.There should be a limit

10/8/2015
Irving/TX
Katherine
Etheridge/Nimitz
Congressional term limits are an unnecessary measure that would lower the quality of our government. Senior members of congress have more political knowledge and, with few junior members joining the house each year, the experience of the older members enhances the knowledge of congress each year. Voters will choose what is best for them- their choices shouldn't be limited.

10/5/2015
Buffalo, NY
Brick
Mr. Hughes/PS 19
There could be nothing more productive for our country than to put term limits on Congress. Our leaders, particularly in the House of Reps, spend far too much time running for re-election. My suggestion would be to have members of the House serve a single 4 year term and have Senators serve a single 8 year term. Term-limited legislators would be more likely to vote for what they think is best...not for what they think will help them get elected again!

10/4/2015
murrieta
cynthia pinegar
creekside
congress should have a limit , because then it wouldn't be a democracy anymore it would be more like a monarchy or dictator ship. also it wouldn't be efficient to votes ect.

10/1/2015
Murrieta
Austenh
Jabro
Congress shouldn't put an amendment limiting the terms for members of congress. I think forcing the experienced members to go after their term is up would be inefficient. The voters really have the responsibility of who to choose to dictate and control their country.

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