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A term limit is a law that limits the amount of time a political representative may hold an elected office. In the U.S. the office of the President is restricted to two four year terms. There are currently no term limits for Congressional terms but various states and cities have enacted term limits for their elected officials at the local level. See recent term limits news
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Yes. There should be term limits and congress should not be paid beyond their term limit. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Roseville, MI.
Limit the number of CONSECUTIVE terms. people could then run after sitting out 1 or 2 terms. 1yr ago from a Democrat in North Waltham, MA.
Term limits should be set; however, if it is thought that there needs to be a certain amount of experience, extend the terms, but only allow them to serve the one or two limits. A life time of sitting in government leads to too much cronyism and corruption. 1yr ago from a Republican in Arlington, VA.
If someone is doing a good job and the people like her/him he should get to run again and serve again if she wins. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Brisbane, CA.
No. The voters should be able to put the same person in office over and over again as long as they are representing the majority. I see that you have a congressional district question and THAT is what is in need of the greatest reform measures. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Arlington, VA.
No, but all elections should be government funded and no private funds or ads should be allowed. Equal access to media, many debates of greater depth and substance, and opinions posted by the public on the web. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Brooklyn, NY.
Term limits may not be necessary but some of the perks of the job should be taken away. If they were paid similar to the working class person... they maybe able to better understand the plight of the masses. Also they should not be allowed to accept gifts from lobbist or be promised top positions in big industry when their term is over...that is where the corroption comes.... Lobbyist also should not be paid high wages...if they identified with the masses the political machine would run a lot differently. 1yr ago from a Green in Omaha, NE.
Yes for two reasons. One to limit the corruption that exists in congress with long term members yielding power and two current members are political merchants protecting their positions and not serving the people but serving their own interests. Our government was founded to be run by public servants. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Camden, SC.
I don't think any congress people should be able to serve for life, we need people who live and work I our communities to serve at the request of their citizens. To many congressmen get elected from the large populations in big cities, I don't think they represent all of the people of their state. 1yr ago from a Republican in Eugene, OR.
No, but an "employment agreement" should be required that prohibits any incumbent full-time elected or appointed public official, or member of their household, from receiving any outside compensation or engaging in any fund-raising activity for any purpose whatsoever, including re-election, during their term in office. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Pleasant Ridge, MI.
No, however, time in leadership positions should be limited. The president can olny serve two terms, but, majority/minority leaders can serve forever. WHY!. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Bradenton, FL.
Term limits will solve nothing. The districts are so gerrymandered that 94% of districts are non-competitive. Districts should be re-done by a non-partisan group based on population. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Newell, NC.
Term limits are a necessary political apparatus to prevent corruption in our government But, legislating is a complicated process that could be thrown into turmoil if too many congressman do not have enough experience. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Palm Coast, FL.
Again this is a yes/no answer for me. Yes, term limits would be a good thing because it would cycle new ideas in and out of the office. It would also increase chances of 3rd and 4th parties entering the system. When you do not have term limits, people start blindly supporting the same candidate just because it's who they've always supported. While at the same time, No, the term limits for congress members are set by the PEOPLE. The voters are able to elect the same and/or new people in to office. Also, if you create a term limit for congress, lobbyist will feed off new blood. 1yr ago from a Republican in Retsil, WA.
Take the money out of politics and we won't have to worry about term limits. 1yr ago from a Green in Denver, CO.
Term limits should be set, but to avoid turmoil caused by too many congressman not having enough experience, the term limit should allow for a longer time in office than (for example) two 2-year terms. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Tallahassee, FL.
Yes, but also return the election of Senators back to the state legislatures. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Odenton, MD.
No, legislating is a complicated process?? Modern day members of the house and senate with a few exceptions rarely are versed on that in which they are voting, their staff hands them a post-it with either a ' yay ' or ' nay '. YES,...there should be term limits, and for the above mentioned reason cited todays ingrained members should be tried for treason. When a member readily admits that they haven't read the bill that in which they voted, well, that's a national security issue. I ask with the utmost of respect; what has happened to our country, our media, our populace??. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Fort Bragg, CA.
Yes, term limits are a necessary political apparatus to prevent corruption in our government And a do not compete clause of 10 years should be added to keep people from Congress from becoming lobbyists on K St. for corporations that only have their own profit and not citizens interests as their mandate. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Old Bridge, NJ.
The majority of members are nowMillionaires. They look out after their one interest first ahead of the citizens an the country. Because of this with regret I now support term limits. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Brentwood, TN.
Yes, only congressman are exempt from the laws they pass. Why should they receive better benefits than our military who lose their lives, limbs and family defending the government. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Brooklyn, NY.
Term limits are based on how relevant the congressman stays. ie; if the congressman is not accurately representing the people, or is unaware of what the people in his/her district have to live with, they should not be allowed to return to office. 1yr ago from a Green in Ithaca, NY.
Yes, no more than two terms for Senators and three terms for House of Representatives. And raises and pension plan, medical plans and other benefits should be voted on by the people. 1yr ago from a Republican in Tucson, AZ.
Yes, but a mechanism for individuals who are widely considered beneficial should be put in place (i.e. constituents for outside their voting base should sign a petition allowing them to stay in congress). 1yr ago from a Democrat in El Segundo, CA.
We aare in dire need of term limits to rid our society of what has become the elite aristocracy of politicians. Government should belong to the people, not the people to the government... 1yr ago from a Republican in Greeley, CO.
Yes, but only if you also have a law that prohibits lawmakers from working as lobbyists for at least 10 years after they leave office. 1yr ago from a Green in Old Orchard Beach, ME.
Yes but there should be large window for them to serve and it should be phased in. Legislating is a complicated process that could be thrown into turmoil if too many congressmen do not have enough experience. 1yr ago from a Republican in Burnsville, MN.
The problem is not one of corruption, it is one of campaign financing. Ideologues on the Left and the Right have turned America into a "taxation without representation" system for the people in the middle of the spectrum. State Comptrollers should be required to publish the identities of all who have donated for incumbent and prospective Federal and State legislators, so that we all know who is buying power at our expense. Let them explain in the press if they will, or suffer the condemnation of their own silence. 1yr ago from a Republican in Virginia Beach, VA.
Congress needs to be overhauled! We need a more efficiency and less corruption. 1yr ago from a Republican in Texas City, TX.
As evidenced by our current Congress, term limits are essential for members of Congress if the country is to be returned to the people and delivered from the hands of big business. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Novato, CA.
All elected officials should be required to live 60 days at minimum wage amongst their constituents incognito and starting with only 5 dollars and the clothes on their back for every term they are elected to. 1yr ago from a Green in Cupertino, CA.
No, there is already too much power in the unelected elite who tell Congress what to do. Get rid of lobbying from anyone except individual citizens, not industries and foreign governments. (Let Congress seek out information and hear all sides, but NO campaign contributions !). 1yr ago from a Democrat in Florence, SC.
I don't believe in Congress. It should not exist, and people should not be subject to their frivolous laws. That goes for the rest of government as well. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Potwin, KS.
Yes, I believe firmly that term limits are necessary to stop corruption. Please hire fresh, graduates from law schools and political science majors. There should be no pension to these positions. It is an honor to serve the good people of this country. Their resume will reflect the prestige of working for two years as a Congressman. These good men and women having completed their two year program with Congress would be sought after individuals for employment. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Lake Geneva, WI.
I like the idea that their eligibility to run again is tied to the job they do...is the economy growing? Are they wasting money on pork and pet projects. There are too many idiots voting to have the voters determine a congressman's limit. 1yr ago from a Republican in Brownsville, TN.
No, but members of Congress should not be allowed to work in businesses related to bills they authored (or for which they authored amendments) or to committees upon which they served for at least 8 years after leaving Congress. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Piedmont, CA.
Yes, term limits should be set for two four year terms for the president, and a year for each congressman. Term limits are a necessary political apparatus to prevent corruption in our government. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Parrish, FL.
We already have term limits set in place, However they are not enforced and should be. Also those that serve should be prohibited from EVER being allowed to serve in any government position after they have served their time, else we will have what we do now. 1yr ago from a Republican in Oakhurst, CA.
Yes, once a congressman or congresswoman have served for many years, it will be good for them to step down if they are seen to stand in the way of progress. The new congressman or congresswoman elect, however, should shadow the current one for a period of time in order to learn the ropes and understand how the system works from someone with experience. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Cayce, SC.
Yes, but perhaps longer terms in order for congressmen to gain necessary experience, yet also avoid corruption as much as possible. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Austin, TX.
No, but incumbents have too much power to get re-elected. We need to set a very low spending limit on campaigns so that it is not only imcumbents and rich people who can get elected. 1yr ago from a Socialist in Lindstrom, MN.
Yes but only if there are conditions set so there are no chances of "lame duck" congressman joining together to pass "pork projects" before the end of their terms. 1yr ago from a Republican in Biloxi, MS.
No, legislating is a complicated process that could be thrown into turmoil if too many congressman do not have enough experience but their job performance should be evaluated and they should be voted out if they do not perform up to the expectations of the voters. 1yr ago from a Socialist in Holyoke, MA.
No, but work to reduce the overwhelming advantages of incumbency. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Primm Springs, TN.
Yes have term limits and change the their health coverage that is paid by the people to only when they are in term. After that they have to find their own coverage NOT paid by the People. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Potwin, KS.
No, but there should be educational forums to raise political awareness and critical thinking, and the definition of impeachment should be expanded. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Erie, PA.
No, however members of congress should be receiving the same wage as the average American. They should receive no special health insurance. Lobbying in congress also needs to be reformed to make it less influential. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Seattle, WA.
Yes, only if they are not executing their duties ethically and morally. 1yr ago from a Republican in Missoula, MT.
Three terms tops for congress.. and pay for only that many years afterwards... They should have to shadow the person they replaced for at least six months to learn the ropes... NO life time pensions... THAT would make them more intune to normal everyday citizens if they KNOW they have to go back to REAL life and earn a living like the rest of us!. 1yr ago from a Republican in Saint Louis, MO.
No, but campaign funding and allowable practices should be reviewed. Additionally, members of congress should be limited to the number of votes and days they can miss due to campaigning. We need to focus on issues and voting record education and reduce campaigning, which is a huge benefit for incumbents. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Saint Louis, MO.