Term Limits Revisited

Posted December 19, 2007 at 6:45pm

Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) introduced a joint resolution Tuesday to amend the Constitution to limit the number of years Members can serve in Congress.

[IMGCAP(1)]Under the measure, Members would not be able to serve longer than 18 years. But that limit would not include time spent to fill a vacancy, according to the measure.

The bill was referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

The debate over whether to enact Congressional term limits — the only legislation from the GOP’s 1994 “Contract with America” that failed to pass the House — has lingered over the past decade.

By the early 1990s, more than 20 states voted to place term limits on their Congressional delegations. But in 1995, the Supreme Court declared those laws unconstitutional, ruling that only the federal government can set such qualifications for Congress.

— Elizabeth Brotherton