“If some termination to the services of the chief Magistrate be not fixed by the Constitution, or supplied by practice, his office, nominally four years, will in fact become for life.” -Thomas Jefferson, 1807
January 7, 2012
We now know that there is at least one member of congress that is in favor of removing term limits from the office of the presidency. On January 4, 2013, Rep. José Serrano [D-NY15] introduced legislation that would effectively repeal the twenty-second amendment to the Constitution, allowing for President Obama to hold more than two terms as President of the United States.
Passed by Congress on March 21, 1947, the amendment was ratified by the required number of states several years later on February 27, 1951. The 22nd Amendment states,
“No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.
Supporters of the repeal of the 22nd Amendment state, “The practice of having an entirely new president every four or eight years has led to flailing and mistakes during a president’s first year or two in office. Repealing the 22nd Amendment would not eliminate the possibility of presidential stumbles, but might lessen them, particularly if the country faced the prospect of electing an untutored new executive in the midst of a foreign policy crisis.
Full Text of H.J.RES. 15 from GOVTRACK:
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.’.