In the ongoing debate regarding term limits for members of congress, we contend that the democratic party is best to support our interests. The republican party has, in recent years, become the party in support of introducing term limits to both the members of the House and Senate. In 1994 republican party members introduced ‘The Citizen Legislator Act’, which sought to enact term limits in congress, along with their Contract with America. Today, in the 2016 GOP platform (page 23), under section Advancing Term Limits, the party has stated that “Our national platform has repeatedly endorsed term limits for Members of Congress” and goes on to declare the party’s intention to advance a constitutional amendment for term limits in congress. Due to the republican party’s declared support for term limits in congress, the democratic party is the best candidate to support our group. In 2009 the democratic party played an important role in stopping a constitutional amendment introducing term limits to both the House and the Senate proposed by republican senator Jim Demint. Notable democratic party member, and longtime senator, Bernie Sanders has also spoken out against term limits in the past, and was officially against term limits during his 2016 democratic primary campaign. While reaching out for the democratic party’s support we maintain that term limits are detrimental to the effectiveness of a politician’s career by limiting their time in office to complete agendas.
Term limits for the United States congress would have a negative impact on lawmakers ability to complete political agendas and would limit the ability of lawmakers to accomplish the political goals of their constituents. As we reach for the democratic party’s support in stopping the introduction of term limits to the congress we would remind the party that they have stood against such an introduction repeatedly in the past. Term limits for members of congress have never existed in the history of the United States and are not addressed in the constitution. In response to the republican party’s agenda calling for a constitutional amendment to introduce term limits to congress in their party platform, we would remind democrats that the american voters ought to be the ones to decide how long a tenure our representatives serve. The democratic party should support our interest to keep term limits out of the congress to ensure that meaningful and complete legislation is created and that legislators have the necessary amount of terms to address issues they believe important. The democratic party should maintain the effort against term limits in the congress as they would have a negative impact on the party’s ability to reach its stated goals. The introduction of term limits would remove long standing democratic party members in both the house and senate, which would reduce the democratic leadership and therefore the effectiveness of democrats in congress. Many of the most important and influential members of the democratic party in congress have held their positions for multiple terms and should not be removed from their offices while they believe that they can be effective legislators in government. Term limits would also negatively influence members of congress by removing the need to run for reelection in incumbents and thus the ability of voters to remove unsatisfactory legislators from positions in government. By introducing term limits incumbents in office who are nearing the end of their final term would have no reason to abide by the will of the voters or their constituents. Legislators are improved with the knowledge that in order to maintain their position in government they must provide adequate representation to those who they represent. The democratic party has stood against the creation of term limits in congress in the past, and has good reason to continue to support the anti-term limit movement.
- Killough, Ashley. “Poll: Three-quarters Support Term Limits.” CNN. Cable News Network, 18 Jan. 2013. Web. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/18/poll-three-quarters-support-term-limits/
- GOP 2016 Platform .pdf https://prod-static-ngop-pbl.s3.amazonaws.com/media/documents/DRAFT_12_FINAL-ben_1468872234.pdf
- Tomboulides, Nick. “Here’s Where the Presidential Candidates Stand on Term Limits – U.S. Term Limits.” US Term Limits. N.p., 30 Dec. 2015. Web https://www.termlimits.org/where-do-the-presidential-candidates-stand-on-term-limits/
- Ryan, Josiah. “Senate Rejects Term Limits in 24-75 Vote.” TheHill. N.p., 2016. Web. http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/208395-senate-rejects-amendment-recommending-congressional-term-limit-