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Next 10 Amendments: Term limits for Congress?

June 20, 2013 by NCC Staff


As part of our “Next 10 Amendments” debate series, we’re asking our readers if it’s time for a constitutional amendment to limit the number of terms served by members of the House of Representatives and the United States Senate.


Joint_Session_of_CongressAmericans’ opinions of Congress are at or near all-time lows, depending on which polling group you prefer.


What do you think: Would Congress work better if its members weren’t always running for re-election?


Here’s how you can participate in our project:


1. Check out the resources in the sidebar at right to learn more about the historical context and current events related to this issue.

2. In the comments below, share your thoughts and explore what others are saying. (Please keep your comments respectful and on topic.)

3. Check back each week for the latest discussion topic.

4. In early September, cast your vote in a referendum on potential amendments, gathered from participant comments.


Our discussion is moderated by Chris Phillips, research fellow of the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at the University of Pennsylvania and executive director of the nonprofit organization Democracy Café.


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