(Washington, DC) . . . The nation’s leading term limits group today congratulated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her decision to keep a House rule, passed when Republicans took over the Congress, that limits the terms a member of Congress can serve as a chairman of a House committee to three.
"Thank you for your support for term limits for Committee Chairmen in the U.S. House of Representatives," U.S. Term Limits President Paul Jacob wrote in a January 8th letter to Speaker Pelosi. "We believe that term limits are important in preserving the democratic process and we applaud your move to embrace these principles."
The U.S. Term Limits letter comes in response to last week’s announcement by John Santore, a spokesman for new Rules Committee Chairwoman Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY), that House Democrats will be keeping the rule that limits Chairmen to three terms. The term limits rule was first passed in 1995, when Republicans took over the House, garnering the bipartisan support of more than 80 percent of congressmen at the time.
In addition to thanking the Speaker for her support of term limits for committee chairmen, Jacob asks Speaker Pelosi to consider a constitutional amendment enacting term limits for all U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives.
"Considering the benefits you have seen with term limits, we now ask you to take the next logical step in the evolution of the democratic process," Jacob wrote. "Since term limits have worked so well for Committee Chairmen, why not expand the limits to all U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives by proposing a constitutional amendment?"