News

Oberweis: Term Limits Are Good for POTUS, Why Not Everyone Else?

Oberweis: Term Limits Are Good for POTUS, Why Not Everyone Else?

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis continues to talk term limits for members of Congress.

It was an idea that was tried 20 years ago: Republicans running for Congress in 1994 promised it, and when they won a majority, they called for a vote a constitutional amendment limiting senators to two sex-year terms, and House members to six two-year terms. The vote
was 227-204 in favor, short of the 290 needed to amend the Constitution. Three other term limits bills failed to get 200 votes. In 1995, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Thornton case that term limits imposed on members of Congress by state law could not be enforced.

Yet the issue remains popular with the public, and Oberweis talks about it in his stump speech. “I worked hard for state limits in Springfield, and I will take that idea to Washington, although it is going to be incredibly difficult to make it happen. But for heaven’s sake
if eight years is good enough for the president of the United States, why isn’t eight years good enough for Congress?” he said.

Oberweis uses the issue to whack U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who is running for a fourth term, but he says there are Republicans who’ve been in the Senate too long too. “Absolutely. I think eight years is enough for Congress. Two terms (12 years) is enough for the U.S.
Senate,” he said.

Seventeen senators have more seniority than Durbin, and seven are tied with him. Of those 24 senators, 13 are Democrats and 11 are Republicans.

Durbin is against term limits,saying that for some politicians, 30 years isn’t long enough, and for some two years is too much.

 

Oberweis is a Republican state senator from Sugar Grove.

Recent Headlines

in Music

Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige to perform at AMAs

samsmith

The breakthrough newcomers 5 Seconds of Summer will also take the stage at next month's American Music Awards.

in Entertainment

‘Dukes of Hazard’ recording Christmas album

dukes

Good ol' boys John Schneider and Tom Wopat have teamed up to record a new holiday album.

in Entertainment

Hilary Swank, Miranda Lambert to front ‘Dog-a-Thon’

swank

LeAnn Rimes, Betty White, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Duhamel, and Kesha are among those set to appear on a "Dog-a-Thon."

in Music

Lady Gaga has everything – even a ‘batcave’

ladygaga

The "Born This Way" hitmaker paid $23 million for a Mediterranean-style villa with an underground area similar to the "Batcave."

in Music

Clive Davis: Stop blaming Bobby Brown for Whitney’s death

bobbybrown

Whitney Houston's longtime producer and mentor insists her ex-husband is not the one responsible for her death.