May 11, 2009

Larson backs longer congressional terms

Congressional terms should be four years long rather than every two years, said U.S. Rep. John Larson, an East Hartford Democrat whose 1st District includes Bristol.
Larson said that members of Congress should serve staggered terms so that only half are up for election every two years.
The move would allow for more focus on issues and less on campaigning.
It would also, Larson said, cut the costs of campaigns in half since they'd be held half as often.
Changing congressional terms would take an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The Constitution provides that "the House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people of the several states."
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Anonymous said...

That certainly waters down the idea of Term Limits, doesn't it?

Anonymous said...

Four year terms would be fine if limited to three terms (12 years) also two terms for senators. But this will never happen.

Anonymous said...

No offense to Con. larson intended, but he is definitely monopolozing the blog here. Is it a slow news week or something?

Anonymous said...

Yup, nothing about local politics or the local budget.

But then, maybe Ward didn't send anything in.

Steve Collins said...

You'd be surprised how rarely any mayor picks up the phone and calls me. Almost always, I hear something from someone else and wind up calling the mayor to confirm it. Why the mayor? Because he's available all day most of the time and he's the one in charge.