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Would Congressional Term Limits Work? [AUDIO]

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Following the latest fiasco in Washington, some have suggested that limiting the number of terms U.S. Senators and Representatives can serve might help them work together.

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Would that work? Is it even practical?

The idea is to eliminate the same faces with the same positions on issues year after year.

But Montclair University political scientist Brigid Harrison believes the extremists on the Hill would push even harder to get their way, knowing their time’s limited.

Harrison pointed out that despite lower-than-ever Congressional approval ratings, incumbents still have an 89 percent return to office rate right now.

“And as long as that continues, there is very little incentive for these individuals to behave in a way that will improve the institutional rating in the long haul,” she explained.

Harrison said the public does not like Congress as a whole, but they like their member of Congress.

She pointed out that the U.S. Supreme Court’s has ruled that term limits in Congress are unconstitutional, so it would require more than just legislative action. There would need to be a Constitutional Amendment to limit those terms.

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