New Constitutional Amendment #29
Term limits for US Congress
It has become obvious that many in Congress believe they should be able to serve as legislators for life. Instead of the original intent of the founding fathers, that citizens serve for a brief period in Congress and then return home, present day legislators continue to run for reelection time after time. They use their seniority as a tool to gain financial gain for themselves. Incumbency gives them the advantage when running for reelection and hinders the opportunity for others with potentially better ideas from sharing them with the citizens.
The president is limited to 2 1/2 terms and therefore there is no reason not to limit the length of time members of Congress may serve.
The following is a proposed draft of Amendment 29 to the U.S. Constitution.
Section 1. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives shall be limited to a maximum of 14 consectutive years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Section 2. Members of the U.S. Sentate shall be limited to a maximum of 14 consectutive years of service in the U.S. Senate.
Section 3. No former member of either house of Congress shall lobby any present member of Congress or their staff for a period of 3 years after there service in Congress has ended.
Members of the U.S. Congress shall have in their employ, that are reimbursed at taxpayer expense, no more than 5 staff members at one time.
Congressional pay shall be reduced by 25% of present levels and may not be increased except by majority vote of the voting citizens of the United States. The pay question shall be placed on the ballot every 4 years, at the time of a presidential election, following the ratification of this amendment.