Should members of Congress have term limits?
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Should members of Congress have term limits?

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President Trump recently tweeted he is "very strongly in favor of Congressional term limits" as a means to drain the swamp. The idea has often surfaced as one way to improve America's broken political system. But while many believe term limits would alleviate dysfunction in Congress, others argue term limits wouldn't solve Washington's problems, and could actually make them worse. What do you think? 🇺🇸

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President Trump regularly expressed support for congressional term limits on the campaign trail, and now he's reignited his interest in making it happen.

It is no secret Congress is deeply unpopular among American voters. Some have argued members of Congress have too much job security which makes for bad governing.

Some members of Congress have even argued in favor of term limits for themselves. Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher, along with other members of Congress, pledged his support for a Constitutional amendment that would establish term limits.

"Year after year, unfulfilled promises to 'fix the system' pile up with few results. Rather than draining the swamp, the swamp simply grows deeper and more insidious... Citizens from both parties are fed up with politics as usual." 

But others have argued term limits would actually make things worse in Congress. The Hill would lose experienced, skillful politicians to self-serving lobbyists.

"There is a perennial myth that the problem with Washington is that the longer people spend there, the more corrupt they become... [but] the political science literature here is pretty unequivocal. Term limits are the surest way to weaken the legislative branch and empower the executive branch. Term limits are also a great way to empower special interests and lobbyists."

While the idea of term limits might sound appealing to many, it is still unclear whether they would have the impact people would hope for.

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