Term Limits and the Need for a
Each member of Congress should
• commit to be a citizen legislator by limiting his or her time in office to no more than three additional terms in the House of Representatives and no more than two additional terms in the Senate and • keep that commitment.
Americans are dissatisfied with Washington. Pollsters have found for almost four decades a steady decline in the proportion of citizens who believe Washington can be trusted to do what is right. Most people believe that politics has nothing to do with their lives or that it is run for the benefit of a few. Not surprisingly, a recent poll by Princeton Survey Research Associates revealed that only 12 percent of the electorate have a great deal of confidence in Congress as an institution.
Americans can reclaim their democracy. They can have a government that is accountable to their will, a government for and by the people. They can have a citizen legislature in Washington and in every statehouse in America. Citizen legislators will make laws that make sense to real people and revive our national faith in representative government.
How can we have citizen legislatures? The power of office has virtually put incumbents beyond the reach of the people. Restoring democracy requires term limits for incumbents. All members of Congress should pledge to limit their stay on Capitol Hill.
Members of Congress should listen to the good sense of the American people on this issue. For years national polls have found that three of four voters support term limits. Almost a decade after California term limited