Yesterday, Republican Senators Jim DeMint, Sam Brownback, Tom Coburn and Kay Bailey Hutchison introduced S.J. Res. 21., legislation that would create a new amendment to the Constitution. The amendment would limit the number of terms any individual could serve in the Senate to just two, and the number of terms any individual could serve in the House of Representatives to just three.
Some questions for consideration of this bill:
- What would the political advantage for the Republican Party be with this new arrangement?
- How would the amendment shift the balance of power between the three branches of government?
- Seniority would not be the criterion for committee leadership, so what would be?
- How would the role of big corporations and lobbying interests change with passage of the amendment?
- Would politicians become more or less beholden to their political party’s leadership?
- Would the amendment make it easier for candidates to run for Congress without spending large amounts of their own money, or would it make Congress even more exclusively a place for wealthy Americans to get elected to?
- Would this amendment increase or decrease accountability of politicians to voters?