It’s time for a change. Everyone, democrats and republicans, should push for congressional member term limits – two terms for the Senate and three terms for the House of Representatives. Term limits are the only way to cure swamp disease. Let’s reduce the influence of special interests’ power in Washington, D.C. and strengthen the voices of everyday citizens in all U.S. Congressional Districts. After two or three terms the support base of a congressional person are not his/her constituents. Presidential term limits have served the United States well. Several states have term limits for members of their state legislatures, but that does not affect the term limits of terms of those in federal service. Some states have also attempted to impose federal term limits, but in a 5-4 vote in May 1995, the Supreme Court ruled that states can’t place limits on the length of time members of congress can serve that must come from the federal level itself. The ruling strikes down an Arkansas term-limit law and similar measures passed by 21 other states. As a member of Congress, Earl Bowerman would support a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on those in the U.S. Congress.
Congressional term limits seem to be a popular idea everywhere except in the U.S. Congress. Ask your congressperson if he/she supports congressional term limits. The framers of the U.S. Constitution envisioned a public service citizen-legislature, not a public service career-legislature.