Vermont Introduces Term Limits on Congress Resolutions


U.S. Term Limits issued the following announcement on March 5.

Senator Debbie Ingram has introduced senate resolution JRS 42 and the companion house resolution JRH 2 has been introduced by Rep. Robert Helm calling for Vermont to participate in a national initiative for the states to propose a congressional term limits amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The effort is being spearheaded by the nonpartisan, nonprofit U.S. Term Limits (USTL).

The JRS 42 resolution has strong bipartisan sponsorship of Senators Ingram, Balint, Collamore and McNeil. This resolution has been assigned to the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee. The JRH 2 resolution has strong bipartisan sponsorship of Reps. Batchelor, Gregoire, Harrison, Savage and Seymour. This resolution has been assigned to the Vermont House Government Operations Committee.

According to the last nationwide poll on term limits conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, conducted in January 2018, term limits enjoys wide bipartisan support. McLaughlin’s analysis states, “Support for term limits is broad and strong across all political, geographic and demographic groups.  An overwhelming 82% of voters approve of a constitutional amendment that will place term limits on members of Congress.”

Once the resolution passes both chambers of the legislature, Vermont will have the distinction of being among the first states in the nation to file an application for the states to convene for the exclusive purpose of proposing term limits on the U.S. Congress. When 34 state legislatures pass similar resolutions on the topic of term limits and subsequently approve the term limits amendment, it must be ratified by 38 states to become part of the U.S. Constitution.

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