Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Term Limits?

What term limits?

New York Representative Jose Serrano (D) has introduced a bill to the House that calls for repealing the 22nd Amendment. For those of you who didn't pay much attention in Civics class (like me), the 22nd Amendment instituted term limits for the President. Here is the text of the 22nd Amendment in full:

No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.
But apparently Rep. Serrano wishes to change that. He introduced the bill on January 6th, and it is currently in committee. Let's all hope and pray it stays there.

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  • Alan

    Repealing an amendment is itself an amendment. So repealing this amendment would require a 2/3 vote of each house (not at all likely in the Senate). If that is successful, then it has to be passed by three-fourths of the state legistlatures (or possibly state conventions -- though that has never been done.) Anyway, I think we can count on at least 13 states to refuse.


  • Harmony

    Well, considering 21 out of 50 states went to McCain in the last election, it's a good bet that we're safe from this ever passing.

    Still, they've got 8 years. Stranger things have happened. I'd feel better if it died a lovely death in committee. ;-)

  • JunkMale

    Rest assured, this guy has a history of proposing this amendment, so it's really nothing new to the House.