H.J.Res. 65 (104th): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit the terms of Representatives and ...

...Senators, to provide for a four-year term for Representatives, and to provide for campaign contribution limitations with respect

104th Congress, 1995–1996. Text as of Jan 26, 1995 (Introduced).

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104th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. J. RES. 65

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit the terms of Representatives and Senators, to provide for a four-year term for Representatives, and to provide for campaign contribution limitations with respect to elections for Federal office.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 26, 1995

Mr. THORNTON introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit the terms of Representatives and Senators, to provide for a four-year term for Representatives, and to provide for campaign contribution limitations with respect to elections for Federal office.

    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission by the Congress:

‘Article--

    ‘SECTION 1. The term of office of a Member of the House of Representatives shall be four years, beginning with the first election of Representatives occurring after this article becomes valid as a part of the Constitution. The House of Representatives shall adopt procedures to ensure that one half of the House of Representatives is elected every two years and that, as much as possible, one half of each State’s delegation is elected every two years.

    ‘SECTION 2. A person may not be elected to serve a term as a Representative if the person has been elected to serve as a Representative for the twelve consecutive years that immediately precede the term. A person may not be elected to serve a term as a Senator if the person has been elected to serve as a Senator for the twelve consecutive years that immediately precede the term.

    ‘Service as a Representative or Senator after January 1, 1995, shall be included in determining the number of years to which the person has been elected to serve as a Representative or Senator.

    ‘SECTION 3. Beginning with the first election after this article becomes valid as a part of the Constitution, no person or entity may make contributions, solicit or receive contributions, or make expenditures, with respect to a candidate for the office of either Representative or Senator earlier than eighteen months before the ending of the term then being served, if the candidate is an incumbent of either the office of Representative or Senator.

    ‘The Congress shall have the power, by appropriate legislation, to establish additional limitations on contributions and expenditures, including the expenditure of personal funds by the candidate, with respect to an election for any Federal office.’.