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Representative Chip Roy drops a TRUTH BOMB about term limits: "It's about turning over power brokers"

Published in Blog on February 04, 2020 by Convention Of States

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One common objection against a constitutional term limits amendment goes something like this: "The American people get to decide every two and six years whether an individual member of Congress should continue their time in Washington. Why do we need to amend the Constitution to force them out after a certain number of terms?"

One Twitter user voiced exactly this argument earlier this week in response to a tweet from Texas Representative Chip Roy:

It sounds like a good argument, except for one problem: that's not how Washington works. As Rep. Cook explained in his reply, the most powerful members of Congress are the least susceptible to getting ousted in any election. We need term limits to keep power from being centralized in the hands of a few members for decades on end:

The truth is, incumbents almost always win reelection. They have the money and the support of the party. They have elections operations already in place, and they have name recognition. That's why 93 percent of all House incumbents and 82 percent of all Senate incumbents have been reelected since 1964.

Congress will never vote itself out of a job, which is why the people and the states need to propose a term limits amendment with a Convention of States.

A Convention of States is called and controlled by the states and has the power to propose constitutional amendments. Under the Convention of States resolution, those amendments can limit the power of the federal government, impose fiscal restraints on Congress, and limit the terms of office for federal officials.

National political office was never supposed to be a career. But for too many of our federal politicians, that's exactly what has happened.

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