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8th District Congressman Ribble proposes term limit constitutional amendment


WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - It’s been two decades since an amendment to the U.S. Constitution has been ratified – and a northeast Wisconsin House member proposes an amendment to set term limits in Congress.

First-term Republican Reid Ribble of Sherwood wants to limit both House and Senate members to 12 years in office. His amendment would also extend House terms to 4 years instead of 2.

Ribble says members only get to do their jobs for a year before they have to go into “campaign mode.”

He says current members of Congress would be grandfathered in, so they would not have to vote to end their own jobs. He says it would give the measure a better chance of passing.

But actually, Congress would not have the last say.

Three-fourths of the states must ratify constitutional amendments after Congress adopts them with at least two-thirds’ majorities. 6 amendments have been passed by Congress but not by state legislatures.

27 amendments have been ratified in the last 200-plus years. The last to be approved was in 1992, in which congressional raises could not take effect until the following terms.

Also, there have been failed bills to adopt congressional term limits. The most notable one was part of the “Contract with America” led by House Republicans and former Speaker Newt Gingrich in the mid-1990’s.