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Senate Concurrent Resolution 114 — Constitutional convention (0)

Senate Concurrent Resolution 114 — Constitutional convention (0)

Fred Birnbaum
February 15, 2024

Bill Description: Senate Concurrent Resolution 114 would call for an Article V convention to amend the U.S. Constitution to impose term limits for U.S. senators and representatives. 

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Does it create, expand, or enlarge any agency, board, program, function, or activity of government? Conversely, does it eliminate or curtail the size or scope of government?

Senate Concurrent Resolution 114 calls for an application to Congress calling for a convention of the states, limited to proposing an amendment to the Constitution to “set a limit on the number of terms that a person may be elected as a member,” of the U.S. House and Senate.

There are currently 16 state legislatures with term limits, Among them are Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, and Nebraska. There is no evidence that, on balance, these states have achieved better outcomes with term limits than states without them. 

Further, one of the biggest objections to SCR 114 is that it applies term limits to elected members of Congress, without limiting any other unelected federal officials, including all those in senior policy positions. If the resolution included in its application a limit on the tenure of federal officials as well as members of Congress, it would at least have the possibility of balance. Without this balance, term limiting Congress would do nothing to shrink the power of the administrative state. 

So at best, term limits would clean out members who serve for many decades.


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