Congressman Puts Forward Resolution To End Term Limits On Presidency


Congressman Jose Serrano (D-NY) put forth a House resolution that would repeal the twenty-second article of amendment to the United States Constitution on Friday. This would effectively remove term limits on the Presidency should it be ratified by three-fourths of the States. It has currently been sent to the House Judiciary Committee. The resolution would also have to pass both houses of Congress by two-thirds in each house.

According to Govtrack, only 15% of resolutions get out of committee. Only 10% were enacted or passed in 2009-2010.

The following is the text of the resolution put forward:

H.J.RES.15 -- Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual... (Introduced in House - IH)

113th CONGRESS
1st Session

H. J. RES. 15

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 4, 2013

Mr. SERRANO introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:

`Article--

`The twenty-second article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.'.

Other members of Congress who have offered similar proposals in the last twenty years include the following:

Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts (Democrat): 1995, 1997, and 1999 (all during the presidency of Bill Clinton).
Rep. David Dreier of California (Republican): 1997 (during the presidency of Bill Clinton).
Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York (Democrat): 1995 (during the presidency of Bill Clinton).
Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky (Republican): 1995 (during the presidency of Bill Clinton).
Rep. Guy Vander Jagt of Michigan (Republican): 1991 (during the presidency of George H.W. Bush).
Rep. Martin Sabo of Minnesota (Democratic-Farmer-Labor): 1991 (during the presidency of George H.W. Bush).

Not a single one of these proposals was ever so much as brought to a vote before Congress. All of them were sent to committee where they expired. However, with the current administration, we should be those who are aware and alert to what takes place with this legislation. After all, how many times was the entire national healthcare issue brought forward before it finally became law?

UPDATE: The Daily Caller points out this is a reintroduction of the same resolution that Rep. Serrano introduced back in 2011, H J Res 17

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  • dndvaughn

    Hey, Jose. Where you been ? Every Citizen I have communicated with in 'Real Life' want 'TERM LIMITS' on ALL of you guys. We're sick of you people acting like you are all powerful, your rediculeless salaries, retirements, and stipends. Seriuosly, how do you people feel about Stealing the American People Blind, how do you sleep ?
    (Maybe we need to make our own proposals and 'force Term Limits') There would be no problem as far as National Security or pensions or NO Cost insurance. Once you're out of office, you line up against the Rose garden wall and all terminated Politicians that are a threat to national security, Face A Marine firing squad, 'Bang, Bang...problem solved.

  • Kent2012

    is that idiot from ny still alive?

  • TexRancher

    How about term limits on power hungry Congressmen?

  • Freedom11

    Not just no, but " HELL NO" ! Liberals, Obama want to Take our guns( This is the big reason for the 2nd ammendment). Obama and Liberals wants to continue to FURTHER control our lives. Steal everything ,break the country, so he can continue to be a bully, coward and a wanna be DICTATOR, THis is NOTa socialist country, YET ! I'm also for term limit on ALL POLITICIANS, "Many " American Citizens have not worked all their lives,many have died to support the Political Ruling Class,Country Club from now through retirement. But a voter on Term Limits forallpoliticians will never happen. 0o you think Congress is going to do that ?Time to take back some of the control, they have TOO much power and control.

  • abovethelaw

    Lets add some "pork" to this one,do a background check for eligibility, pass a mental health exam, include all elected gov. officials,before the elected officials hold office! Sieg Hiel!

  • thebottlesniper

    One four year term for President, 3 two year terms for Representatives, and one 6 year term for Senators.

  • 1 Fed Up American

    WE elected IDIOTS like this to destroy our country.

  • Wilber

    I would offer an additional New Amendment to the Constitution requiring a Two (2) term limit on All Senators and Representatives!

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaron.riley.372 Aaron Riley

    Did you ever spend ANY time in the Military? Did you EVER try to comprehend the OATH that YOU took to UPHOLD the Constitution? You SIR (?) are a nut! And you lied when YOU took that OATH!! YOU deserve to be analyzed and PROBED for alternative motives under the NDAA(Which I am against - ?). You apparently care NOTHING about the Constitutiion and nothing about the it's laws. Let's talk MENTAL HEALTH here ,,,, Maybe with Ovamits new Executive Order (unless YOU are a Democrat) You will be there for evaluation (without Obama, or Holder's input) you are obviously a nut!!!

  • Guest

    Did you ever spend ANY time in the Military? Did you EVER try to comprehend the OATH that YOU took to UPHOLD the Constitution? You SIR (?) are a nut! And you lied when YOU took that OATH!! YOU desrve to be analyzed and PROBED for alternative motives under the NDAA(?). You apparently care NOTHING about the Constitutiion and nothing about the rest of the laws. Let's talk MENTAL HEALTH here ,,,, You deserve to be there for evaluation (without Obama, or Holder's input) you are obviously a nut!!!

  • redwhite&blue

    Why not? The monarchy has arisen. We shall also impose term limits of two (2) years for any Senator, Representative and Cabinet posts. Part time benefits for the part time help. Public vote in pay increases and cost of living the same as SS. Same Obamanator Health program without the womanizer Ted Kennedy exceptions. No single retirement, back onto SSI when they get back into real jobs like the rest of us. And oh by the way no president candidate w/out proof of domestic military service. At least then you will likely have a true US citizen and not a fraud foreign student indulging hypocrite.

  • Diane Hagen

    Don't tread on me!!!!

  • Piszd Patri OT

    WE will not tolerate such a preposterous idea. It will take decades to recover from 8 years of obama. WE will NOT tolerate ANY further suggestions of more than 2 terms for president.

  • cheryl

    And so it begins................................unless we take this in hand!

  • sharon09

    There is a reason term limits were set forth. Power corrupts and we see it happening less than 3 months after the election. O.B. is constantly tbreatening "executive order" all the time. If you don't follow history you will be suprised when we become an anarchy with someone crowning himself king. King O.B.

  • Patriot

    Jose Serrano should is a collaborator and should be removed from office.
    Since the Foreign entity at white house has NO constitutional authority to be their.
    No valid proof of citizenship or eligibility.

  • Sutekh

    If these guys keep howling and complaining that the Constitution is inadequate and outdated, I'm all for fixing it by returning to the Articles of Confederation of the original 13 colonies, and completely dismantling the federal government.

    Notice how federal officials want to keep the job given them by the Constitution, but don't want to stay within the restraints of the Constitution? Give it up, guys, and go home. No Constitution -- no job. The U.S. can do just fine with nothing but a unicameral Congress that is only a think tank for interstate relations, with a president/chairman that serves as "President of the United States," and NO taxing authority.

  • Common Man

    Why not just burn the constitution, declare Mr. Obama king for life, and congressman Serrano can be the head court jester!