PHOENIX — While Arizona Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on much, reforming Congress does seem to be one place where there is bipartisan consensus.
House Concurrent Resolution 2022, which calls on the U.S. Congress to amend the Constitution and limit Congressional terms, passed the State House Federal Relations Committee earlier today by a vote of 7-0, with all three Democrats voting with the four Republicans on the committee.
The resolution, and its sister resolution in the Senate, have attracted nearly 30 co-sponsors which include a number of Democrats in both the House and the Senate.
Encouraging more open-seat elections is not considered a cure-all for what ails Congress, but it is hoped that ending the practice of Congress being a career will refocus members of Congress on doing their job and then going home, as opposed to just staying for as long as possible.
According to today’s testimony, term limits resolutions have passed as stand-alone measures or as part of larger calls in approximately 20 states nationwide.
A full State House vote is anticipated in the next week or so while the StateSenate resolution is currently assigned to the Senate Government Committee and has not yet been scheduled for a hearing by Sen. David Farnsworth, the committee’s chairman.