GOP freshmen propose four-year terms for House members

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 RigellTrump blasts media in meeting with House Republicans Gun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA House Republicans pushing gun control bill 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 ScottRyan calls out GOP in anti-poverty fight Tim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense Democrats have a long way to go before they can tout their Hill diversity MORE (R-S.C.), another freshman member, also co-sponsored the amendment. The resolution proposing the amendment is H.J.Res. 101.

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