The four-year term for House members, combined with term limits, appears to be aimed at giving House members more than just one year to focus on the job at hand before having to face reelection. In a January op-ed, Ribble and freshman Rep. Scott RigellScott RigellGOP rushes to embrace Trump GOP lawmaker appears in Gary Johnson ad Some in GOP say Trump has gone too far MORE (R-Va.), who co-sponsored the amendment, said members need more time to work on the issues without being interrupted by the campaign:

"Term limits would refresh Congress and inject urgency into the work that needs to be done. It would make legislators prioritize what’s most important and allow them more time to focus on key issues before campaigning for reelection."

Rep. Tim ScottTim ScottGOP rep: No ‘artificial crowd’ at my town hall A guide to the committees: Senate Republicans at risk in 2018 steering clear of town halls MORE (R-S.C.), another freshman member, also co-sponsored the amendment. The resolution proposing the amendment is H.J.Res. 101.