Congressional Term Limits Would Put a LOT of Lawmakers Out of Work


President Donald Trump’s proposal to put congressional term limits in place could spell trouble for nearly half of its members if they are looking to keep their jobs.

His plan entails creating a constitutional amendment limiting lawmakers to serving three terms, or six years, in the House, and two terms, or 12 years, in the Senate.

While it’s unclear whether Trump wants the change to be retroactive, Time reports it would put 48.2 percent of members out of work.

Fifty-one percent of House members (226) have exceeded six years in office. Sixty-seven Democrats and 159 Republicans would be eligible to stay in their positions.



The Senate wouldn’t be hit quite as hard, with just 32 percent exceeding the cap — 19 of which would be Republicans and 15 would be Democrats.

Despite potentially ousting them from their jobs, a number of GOP lawmakers have supported Trump’s proposal to “drain the swamp.”



House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has served nearly 18 years in the House, recently told reporters he has long been in favor of the idea.

“I’ve always supported term limits,” he said. “I’ve long been a fan of term limits. I don’t know where other members stand, but I’ve always been in favor of that.”

As part of his “drain the swamp” mantra, Trump in mid-October floated a pitch to enact a constitutional amendment capping House members to three terms, or six years in office, and senators to two terms, or 12 years.

“The time for congressional term limits has finally arrived,” Trump said at one of his rallies. “Not only will it end our government corruption, but we will end the economic stagnation that we are in right now.”

Ryan, however, stopped short of saying he would seek to pass legislation to make such a change, adding that he’d “leave it up to others to decide that” and pointing specifically to the House Judiciary Committee.

Ryan also deferred when asked whether Trump could or should hire his son-in-law Jared Kushner to serve in the White House, which could violate nepotism laws that bar presidents from naming family members to top jobs in their administration.

Kushner “was a very good integral part of the campaign. He’s obviously a brilliant young man that Donald trump trusts, so I’ll leave it up to the Trump transition team as to decide what role he plays,” Ryan said, later adding: “I don’t have a deep understanding of how they work.”

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