Georgia lawmakers are calling for a national push to set term limits on Congress.
Two resolutions – Senate Joint Resolution 28 and House Joint Resolution 39 – were introduced Tuesday calling for a national convention to propose term limits on House and Senate members. SR28 is sponsored by Sen. Bill Cowsert and HR39 is sponsored by Rep. Beth Camp. Both resolutions have been assigned to committees for a vote before they go to the floor of the Georgia House and Senate.
The resolutions are backed by U.S. Term Limits, the oldest and largest grassroots term limits advocacy group in the nation.
If passed, Georgia would join a growing number of states seeking a congressional term limits amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
“When the U.S. Constitution was written, there was no such thing as a career politician,” Rep. Camp said in a statement. “The thought of anyone spending 30, 40, or 50 years in office was outrageous. Most Americans agree that it is outrageous even now.”
“The Constitution grants the states the authority to propose and ratify amendments,” Dr. John Cowan, chair of USTL’s efforts in Georgia, said in a statement. “In a time when the federal government will not act, the states must. More than 80 percent of Georgians agree.”
A McLaughlin and Associates poll shows that 82 percent of likely voters in Georgia support congressional term limits. The poll also found that the support crossed party lines – 83 percent of Republicans, 82 percent Independents, and 74 percent Democrats support limiting the time congressional leaders can stay in office.
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To learn more about Americans’ views on term limits, check out the McLaughlin poll mentioned in the story above.
And if you want to learn more about the grassroots efforts to advocate for term limits, click here.