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S.J.Res. 1 (114th): A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to limiting the number of terms that a Member of Congress may serve.


The text of the resolution below is as of Jan 6, 2015 (Introduced). The resolution was not adopted.

Summary of this resolution

Several resolutions introduced in this Congress would propose a constitutional amendment creating term limits for members of Congress. There are three different proposals across nine separate resolutions. All would create a 12-year limit for the Senate, but members of the House would be limited to — depending on the proposal — six years as Presidential Candidate Donald Trump recently proposed, eight years, or an identical 12 years. Each proposal is listed at the bottom of this article.

What supporters say

Supporters argue that term limits prevent legislators from becoming power-hungry, too entrenched in “the system,” and losing touch with the real world.

Plus, as supporters also note, if terms limits are good ...


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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. J. RES. 1

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 6, 2015

(for himself, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Toomey, Mr. Lee, Mr. Rubio, Mr. Cruz, Mrs. Fischer, Mr. Sasse, Mr. Perdue, and Mr. Daines) introduced the following joint resolution; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to limiting the number of terms that a Member of Congress may serve.

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:

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No person who has served 3 terms as a Representative shall be eligible for election to the House of Representatives. For purposes of this section, the election of a person to fill a vacancy in the House of Representatives shall be included as 1 term in determining the number of terms that such person has served as a Representative if the person fills the vacancy for more than 1 year.

2.

No person who has served 2 terms as a Senator shall be eligible for election or appointment to the Senate. For purposes of this section, the election or appointment of a person to fill a vacancy in the Senate shall be included as 1 term in determining the number of terms that such person has served as a Senator if the person fills the vacancy for more than 3 years.

3.

No term beginning before the date of the ratification of this article shall be taken into account in determining eligibility for election or appointment under this article.

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