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Trump's Term-Limits Push to Face Opposition . . . and Apathy

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By    |   Saturday, 26 Nov 2016 05:14 PM

President-elect Donald Trump's "drain the swamp" agenda – including pushing for term limits on members of Congress – comes at a time of more turnover in Washington than in decades, the Washington Post reported.

According to the Post, the proposal would need the approval of the very lawmakers who would be affected by it.

"We have term limits now — they're called elections," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the day after the election, adding there would be no consideration of such a proposal in the Senate, while House Speaker Paul Ryan has said it will be up to a House committee to consider such a proposal.

And Democrats generally oppose term limits – making the path tough at best to the two-thirds supermajority required to pass a constitutional amendment that would then get sent to the states for ratification, the Post reported.

Though a term-limits movement gained momentum in state legislatures in the late 1980s, when Democrats held sway in both chambers, the effort stalled when the GOP retook the congressional majority in 1994, the Post reported.

Currently, of 100 senators, 64 have served in their seats less than 10 years – something that has only happened twice in the past 100 years, the Post reported. And a though a decade ago, 17 senators had served more than 25 years in the chamber, today just nine have served at least that long.

The House has had a similar turnover, the Post reported, with more than 240 of the 435 current members of Congress having only served since January 2009.

"Public disgust with Congress is epic," the Post reported; a poll last month showed its approval rating at 18 percent.

But it is unclear if the issue resonates, the Post reported, noting Sen. John McCain's re-election this month to a sixth term despite his Democratic opponent, state Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, hammering him on the issue.

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