House GOP freshmen propose term limits

Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) introduced a bill on Thursday that would amend the Constitution to prescribe term limits to members of both houses. Other conservative GOP freshmen co-sponsored the measure.

The law would restrict members of the House to three terms and a member of the Senate to two terms. 

As an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the measure would require a two-thirds majority vote in Congress, and then must be ratified by three-fourths of the states.

A statement released by Walsh on Thursday says the joint resolution, H.J. Res. 71, is part of the congressman's "ongoing effort to change the way Washington does business."

“Americans know Washington has long forgotten the citizen legislator vision of our Founders,” Walsh saidi. "More often than not, politicians come to Washington and lose touch with reality and those they represent." 

Walsh and his co-sponsors, Rep. David SchweikertDavid SchweikertSenate races heating up Tea Party class reassesses record Lawmakers to DOD: Reject 'no touch' policy sought by 9/11 plotter MORE (R-Ariz.) and Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), are all in their first terms in Congress.

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