(National Sentinel) Amendment: A growing number of younger lawmakers in Congress are pushing for changing the Constitution to term-limit House and Senate members, saying culturally the country is ready for it.
Led by rising GOP star and freshman Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin, the group took their cause directly to the president during a White House meeting last week, where they received President Trump’s full-throated endorsement, The Hill reported, adding:
While the first-term lawmakers acknowledge they may face fierce resistance from the old guard in Washington, they think the issue is something that will resonate with a younger generation of voters.
“People are hungry for a new generation of leadership in Washington, D.C. I certainly saw that in my campaign, where my youth, far from being a hindrance, was an asset,” said Gallagher, 34, in a telephone interview.
“My dad worked at the same company for 30 years. There was a different mentality toward work and jobs,” added Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., 41, told The Hill. “Now you have millennials and people who are going to have seven, eight, 10 jobs in their careers. It’s a different approach to work.”
“We just have a sense of doing different things,” Khanna added, “and I think that is something culturally that may bring support for term limits.”
It’s one of the few truly bipartisan issues in Congress — and it’s an issue that President Donald J. Trump supports. Thanks to Trump ally Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., head of the House Freedom Caucus, the term limits group secured an Oval Office visit with the president last week to pitch their idea.
They would like to term-limit House members to six terms and senators to two — both 12 years apiece. That, they believe, will help inject the Legislative Branch with new blood regularly and help repair a busted political system manned and defended by Old Guard lawmakers.
Under their proposal, which would require amending the U.S. Constitution, sitting members of Congress would be grandfathered in, but freshmen lawmakers would not.
“We’ve been trying to draw attention it,” said Gallagher, who has been writing op-eds, discussing the idea with his colleagues and talking to White House officials over the last several months. “Finally, we were able to get a meeting with the president.”
Trump sees the change as helping him keep his pledge to ‘drain the swamp.’
“I recently had a terrific meeting with a bipartisan group of freshman lawmakers who feel very strongly in favor of Congressional term limits,” Trump tweeted this week. “I gave them my full support and endorsement for their efforts. #DrainTheSwamp.”
Gallagher said that Left-and-Right-leaning younger lawmakers all speak the same language when it comes to length of time of service in Congress: Less is more.
Until the 22nd Amendment was ratified in 1951, presidents could run for as many terms as they wanted. But after Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to four terms, most people thought that was too long.