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Delegate McKay to Sponsor Congressional Term Limits Resolution in Maryland

January 15th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

State Delegate Mike McKay (District 1C) is leading the way in Maryland to term limit the U.S. Congress by sponsoring a resolution for a national term limits amendment proposal convention. The resolution is expected to be introduced in the Maryland General Assembly within the week.

Through Article V of the U.S. Constitution, 34 state legislatures can team up for a convention to propose a congressional term limits amendment to the Constitution. The Term Limits Convention campaign is guided by the nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization, U.S. Term Limits.

Representative McKay commented on the resolution saying, “I am proud to shepherd this resolution, which is supported overwhelmingly by Marylanders, in the halls of Annapolis. Now the work begins to educate my fellow lawmakers, I welcome the challenge!"

According to Nick Tomboulides, Executive Director of USTL, “There are two ways to propose an amendment for term limits: through the Congress or through the states at a national convention,” claims Tomboulides. “That is why it is important to get support from state legislators, and sponsors like Delegate McKay, to call for a convention to discuss the details of the amendment,” he added. Once proposed, the amendment must be ratified by 38 states in order to become law.

Tomboulides notes, “More than 82% of Americans have rejected the career politician model and want to replace it with citizen leadership. The way to achieve that goal is through a congressional term limits amendment. McKay knows this and is willing to work to make sure we reach our goal.”

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.”

4 Responses to “Delegate McKay to Sponsor Congressional Term Limits Resolution in Maryland”

  1. January 15, 2019 at 6:59 pm, kevin said:

    We already have term limits – they are called elections. If you don’t like the job your rep. is doing you can vote for someone else. The idea that things will get better if “everyone gets a turn” is silly. Why throw away experience if it is doing a good job? Would a person refuse to use a lawyer that had over ten years experience? How about a dry cleaner who had been in business 15 years? Too long? Need a younger less experienced cleaner? Right, didn’t think so. The idea of getting rid of experienced people only comes up in politics and is usually only proposed by the side losing power to popular will. In this case its the GOP edging themselves out of their jobs so they are trying to govern from the political graveyard.

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    • January 15, 2019 at 9:40 pm, Stacey said:

      Term limits are an exceptional idea! Elections are most definitely NOT term limits. Not even close. 95% of incumbents get re-elected, yet Congress consistently hovers in the mid to low teens in approval rating. Do you honestly believe people think Congress is doing a good job?

      Look at some of these octogenarians we have now. Do you think they are the best advisors on cyber security? Would you go to a surgeon on Alzheimers medication and shaking nerves?

      The seniority based system is the luck of the draw on how long your representative can live. That makes no sense. Also, the longer they stay in office, the more they get bought off. That kind of experience we don’t need.

      Pass the term limits PLEASE!

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    • January 16, 2019 at 12:08 am, David said:

      Contra Kevin: If “we already have elections,” for which “term limits” are merely another name, there would be no controversy about term limits. But in fact, term limits are not elections. Term limits are mandatory caps on tenure. They prevent incumbents from remaining permanently in a single seat of power, from which perch an incumbent can often win reelection indefinitely no matter how bad or destructive his performance may be. Incumbents enjoy many great advantages over challengers simply because of their incumbency. At the district level especially, these advantages often curdle electoral competition, even to the extent that incumbents may face no challenger at all in their reelection contests. Is Kevin also delighted when aspiring Latin American, Asian and African presidents-for-life manage to evade constitutional term limits and remain in office forever? Term limits stem incipient abuses of power and render elections more competitive. Dictators and other political monopolists do not like term limits. The rest of us should–and most of us do.

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  2. January 15, 2019 at 7:49 pm, Vernon Lowery said:

    SAID JUST LIKE A TRUE LIFER WITH ENOUGH MONEY TO HOLD HIS JOB FOR EVER

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