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Senator introduces Constitutional amendment requiring term limits
A Republican senator on Tuesday introduced a Constitutional amendment that would mandate term limits for all federal lawmakers.
Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) amendment would limit House members to three terms and senators to two terms. Every lawmaker then could serve no longer than six years in Congress. DeMint said term limits are a reaction to the influence of special interest groups on Capitol Hill, corruption, high federal deficits, and a Democratic agenda he says will increase the size of government.
“Americans know real change in Washington will never happen until we end the era of permanent politicians,” said DeMint in a statement. “As long as members have the chance to spend their lives in Washington, their interests will always skew toward…amassing their own power.”
Two thirds of the House and Senate as well as three quarters of the states would need to vote for DeMint’s amendment for it to become a part of the Constitution.
Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), and kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) cosponsored the bill. Coburn has long supported term limits. He retired from the House in 2000 after being elected in 1994, pledging only to serve three consecutive terms.
The Tea Party’s have called for their resignations, across the board.
A website has launched a campaign to “send them pink slips” to let all of our Legislators know that the American public is at a high level of dissatisfaction with their work.
The health care reform is going to have a struggle from all sides: the left is blasting the President for selling them out, the Unions are on the attack, etc.
So, career politicians are opting to establish their own term limits, leaving office before the end of their terms. Yesterday, Congressman Robert Wexler (D-Fl), resigned unexpectedly, to, as he said, take a better paying position with a think tank on Mideast issues. This, of course, from a Democratic Congressman, who is Jewish, who has allowed Obama to remain unchallenged in throwing Israel under the bus.
For the story on Politicians Leaving Public Service:
Note: Florida’s Gov. Charlie Crist, a US Senate candidate, has asked the Florida Supreme Court to emplanel a grand jury to examine the growing political corruption in South Florida (like it is centered in one area), so there is speculation that Wexler was concerned with this issue. After all, he was a Florida Congressman who didn’t live in Florida, using his in-laws address as his physical Florida address.