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House Dem calls for term limits after McConnell's second freeze

Published in Blog on August 31, 2023 by Brianna Kraemer

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell froze in the middle of a conversation with reporters on Wednesday for the second time in about a month, sparking significant calls for term limits from both liberals and conservatives.

The 81-year-old completely froze during a press conference in late July when speaking at a podium. McConnell again stood in front of reporters this week and failed to respond to a question during a strange, 40-second pause. 

A Minnesota Democrat representative took the daring move of calling for term limits following the occurrence, calling it a disservice to the nation that Senators Dianne Feinstein and McConnell are still in office.

“For goodness sake, the family, friends, and staff of Senators Feinstein and McConnell are doing them and our country a tremendous disservice,” Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) wrote. “It’s time for term limits for Congress and the Supreme Court, and some basic human decency.”

There's a lack of basic human decency, as Phillips touched on. Decency would suggest the families of President Joe Biden, Feinstein, and McConnell accept that they are declining, and as a result, take them out of the limelight. 

Members of Congress are on average 58 years old, far above the median age of Americans, 38 years old. According to a COS poll in partnership with the Trafalgar Group, 65.7% of Americans support an Article V convention for proposing constitutional amendments focusing on term limits, spending restraints, and a limit to the federal government’s authority.

If the president is only permitted a maximum of eight years in office, shouldn't other powerful, elected officials in government be limited to some extent as well? 

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