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Democrats introduce bill to enact term limits for Supreme Court Justices

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House Democrats on Tuesday introduced a bill which would implement term limits on current and new Supreme Court Justices.

The bill, “Supreme Court Tenure Establishment and Retirement Modernization (Term) Act,” which was introduced by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) would essentially amend a federal law that would place an 18-year limit on Supreme Court Justices. The bill also states that Supreme Court appointments would only take place during the first and third year after of a presidential election.

Johnson said that the aim of the proposal is “to restore legitimacy and independence to the nation’s highest court is increasingly facing a legitimacy crisis,” per The Western Journal.

“Five of the six conservative justices on the bench were appointed by presidents who lost the popular vote, and they are now racing to impose their out-of-touch agenda on the American people, who do not want it,” Johnson said.

The congressman in a statement suggested that placing term limits on Supreme Court Justices was, “a necessary step toward restoring balance.” Democrats have been pushing for this reform since the Trump presidency.

On the other side, Fox News notes that the GOP views this recent push for reform as the Democrats way of payback with the reversal of Roe v. Wade shortly after the Supreme Court’s decision of Dobbs v. Jackson.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) on Wednesday said, “When the Democrats get their way on rulings, they’re happy with the Supreme Court. When they don’t get their way, they want to pack the Supreme Court. They want to change the Supreme Court. They ought to focus with working with us Republicans on fixing the problems they’ve created instead of continuing to go out and attack other people.”

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Donald R. Laster, Jr

How about term limits for those in Congress. How about this:

Section 1.

The Senators of the Senate of the Congress of the United States of America represent their sovereign State of the United States of America. In order to restore the republican form of Government of the United States of America, Amendment Seventeen of The Constitution of the United States of America is hereby repealed. Senators of the Senate of the Congress of the United States shall be elected and serve in accordance with the provision of Article 1 of the Constitution of the United States of America.

When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate of the United States of America the executive authority of such State shall appoint a person to temporarily fill the term of such vacancies until the legislature of the State fills the term of such vacancies. The filling of such vacancies shall last only until the specific term of the specific vacancies would have expired.

Section 1 of this amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution.

Section 2.

No person shall serve more than two consecutive terms in the Senate of the Congress of the United States of America at any one time.

No person shall serve more than five consecutive terms in the House of Representatives of the Congress of the United States of America at any one time.

Section 2 of this amendment affects all current Senators and Representatives.

Section 3.

No person who has served as a Senator of the Senate of the United States of America, nor a person who served as a Representative of the House of Representative of the United States of America, shall receive any compensation based upon their prior service in the Congress of the United States of America.

No person who has served in any position in the service of the United States of America that is a politically appointed position shall receive any compensation based upon their prior service. Politically appointed positions are those where a person serves solely at the discretion of the President of the United States of America, of the Vice-President of the United States of America, of a Senator of the Senate of the Congress of the United States of America, of a Representative of the House of Representatives of the Congress of the United States of America, or that requires the specific approval of the Senate of the United States of America as per the US Constitution.

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