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S J Res 21 - Term Limits bill - Key Vote

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NOTE: AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES TWO-THIRDS APPROVAL IN EACH CHAMBER OF CONGRESS, AND RATIFICATION BY THREE-FOURTHS OF THE STATE LEGISLATURES WITHIN SEVEN YEARS OF THE DATE THE AMENDMENT WAS SUBMITTED.

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Legislation-Joint Resolution - Cloture Not Invoked (Senate) (58-42) - (Key vote)

Title: Term Limits bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to invoke cloture on a joint resolution proposing a constitutional amendment limiting Congressional terms to six full terms for House members, and two full terms for Senators.

Highlights:
  • Limits House members to 6 full terms.
  • Limits Senators to 2 full terms.
  • Declares any member of the House serving more than 1 year of a term to which another person was elected eligible for only 5 more terms.
  • Declares any Senator serving more than 3 years of a term to which another person was elected eligible for only 1 more term.
  • Exempts time served in Congress before ratification.
Note:

NOTE: INVOKING CLOTURE REQUIRES A 3/5 MAJORITY OF THE SENATE. IT IS NOT A VOTE ON THE PASSAGE OF THE PIECE OF LEGISLATION, BUT LIMITS FURTHER DEBATE TO 30 HOURS. CLOTURE IS TYPICALLY USED TO END A FILIBUSTER. A FAILED CLOTURE VOTE OFTEN PREVENTS THE LEGISLATION FROM EVER COMING TO A VOTE.

Legislation-Joint Resolution - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Term Limits bill

Sponsors

  • Fred Dalton Thompson (TN - R) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

  • Edmond Spencer Abraham (MI - ) (Out Of Office)
  • John D. Ashcroft (MO - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Christopher S. 'Kit' Bond (MO - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Hank Brown (CO - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Conrad R. Burns (MT - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Paul D. Coverdell (GA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Larry E. Craig (ID - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Duncan McLauchlin 'Lauch' Faircloth (NC - R) (Out Of Office)
  • William H. 'Bill' Frist (TN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • William Phillip 'Phil' Gramm (TX - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Rodney 'Rod' Grams (MN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Dirk Kempthorne (ID - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Connie Mack (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Bob Packwood (OR - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Larry Lee Pressler (SD - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert Clinton 'Bob' Smith (NH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Craig Thomas (WY - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Strom Thurmond (SC - R) (Out Of Office)
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