Opinion: Congress should have term limits
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - I think it's time for some fresh faces on Capitol Hill.
After all, the approval ratings of Congress are in the low double digits.
One issue is the perception, which I believe is correct, that congressmen and senators have become too focused on running for their next term and raising money, instead of truly representing their constituents.
Term limits have been frequently brought up as a solution.
The president can only serve two terms, why shouldn’t members of Congress be limited as well?
Term limits would eliminate the need for members to continuously run for reelection and fundraise. That way they can focus on actually getting things done.
There is no question that Washington, D.C. is a bubble and those that are in the bubble too long, or have been a professional elected official their whole life, become separated from the pulse of America.
Statistics show that an overwhelming majority of incumbents are reelected. Therefore, not allowing for any real turnover.
It is sadly unrealistic to think that current sitting senators and representatives are going to impose term limits on themselves. What is plausible, is for term limits to be placed on new, incoming legislators.
Here’s the bottom line: our federal government has to better serve us, the American people. Congress has become too inept. Imposing term limits can play an important role in having more of the best and brightest of our country representing us in Washington, D.C.