Term-Limits Suicide

Buckley Jr., William F.
May 1999
National Review;5/3/1999, Vol. 51 Issue 8, p62
The article discusses the issue of term limits for members of the U.S. Congress. The case of Representative Charles Canady of Florida is interesting. Canada has bee active in the movement to prohibit race and sex preferences. He has utilized his position as chairman of a Judiciary subcommittee to bring land legislation to the House floor. Canady has sponsored legislative bills that are supportive of conservative causes. He supported constitutional amendments on school prayer, flag burning balanced budget and term limits. Canady has made a pledge to limit his own term. This pledge can be used by his opponents should he decide to renege on his pledge. In the present Congress more Republicans than Democrats have made pledges to limit their term. The implications for Republicans is clear. Should they honor the pledges, their party could lose its majority. The Supreme Court has ruled that neither the states nor the Congress has the authority to limit congressional terms.


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