Does the Constitution need a new amendment to limit the number of terms that a Senator or Representative can serve in Congress? Vote now in our “Next 10 Amendments” project!
We presented 10 topics for discussion starting this summer and the online debates were moderated by Chris Phillips, research fellow of the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at the University of Pennsylvania and executive director of the nonprofit organization Democracy Café.
We also asked readers to suggest wording for proposed amendments, which went to our editorial board. And after reading the comments and suggestions, we have 10 proposed amendments for our readers to consider.
So exercise your civic duty, join the discussion and check back on Constitution Day to see what America has to say about our founding document.
Note: Suggested amendments come from readers and represent different viewpoints, and not the viewpoint of the National Constitution Center.
CURRENT VOTE: Term limits for Congress.
PROPOSED AMENDMENT: “No person shall hold a position as a member of the House of Representatives for more than 4 consecutive 2 year terms and must have been out of any Federal elected position for at least 4 years before being allowed to hold the position as a member of the House again. No person may hold a position as a member of the Senate for longer than 2 consecutive terms without a period of eight years intervening between terms. No sitting member of Congress (House or Senate) may run for a different elected office without first resigning their current position.”
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