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CONGRESS: A pox on both their houses

Letter by Lyle Laws, Puyallup on Dec. 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm with No Comments »
December 28, 2012 3:05 pm

If anything speaks to the need for term limits it is the way members of both parties in the U.S. House and Senate are behaving like spoiled brats, by posturing, posing and playing chicken with our financial future while leaving the American public twisting in the wind of uncertainty.

If eight years is the time limit for our presidents to serve then it is high time to consider imposing limits on members of Congress, and we should also do away with the right of those who oppose legislation to derail the will of the majority by using the filibuster. Majority rule should mean majority rule.

A limit of 12 years would allow members of the Senate to serve two terms and members of the House to serve six terms or maybe three terms in the House and one in the Senate, but might encourage lawmakers to do what is best for their country rather than what is best to get themselves re-elected time after time.

Then, if it’s agreed that the elimination of the filibuster rule would not go into effect until 12 years from the date of passage, it would not affect any of the current members of the Senate and might keep them from filibustering the filibustering rule proposal by filibustering.

Makes perfect sense to me.

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