New York Democratic Representative José Serrano is proposing a constitutional amendment to end presidential term limits once again after 15 years of attempts to pass the measure, which would repeal the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution.
House Joint Resolution 15 reads:
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification: The twenty-second article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.
As noted by Fox News, Serrano has very little chance of being successful in his endeavor: “The 12-term congressman likely faces long odds, as before, considering the resolution has no sponsors, never got a vote last year in the Republican-controlled House, needs two-thirds support in both chambers and ratification from roughly 75 percent of state legislatures.”
But that has not stopped advocates of the amendment from pushing forward. Supporters claim that the Constitution inhibits the American people from reelecting its most successful leaders.
America’s first president, George Washington, set a precedent of serving just two terms in office that all presidents who came after him followed, with just one exception: Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt served three full terms in office and died during his fourth term at the age of 83. Immediately following the end of WWII, Congress passed the 22nd Amendment, which was ratified by the necessary number of states in 1951.
Constitutional Scholar Bruce Peabody elaborates:
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