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Who Trump Could Expect to Support His Term Limits Proposal

A few dozen members of Congress support legislation calling for term limits

Kentucky Rep. Andy Barr introduced legislation last year, calling for term limits on senators and House members. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s proposal to impose congressional term limits is unlikely to attract many allies in a Congress where he already has few. But there are still a few dozen Republicans he could likely count on to back the idea.

Congressional term limits can only be imposed through the adoption of a constitutional amendment. Nine Republican members of Congress have introduced several resolutions calling for such an amendment, collectively garnering a few dozen GOP co-sponsors.

A proposal would need to pass the House and Senate with a two-thirds majority and be ratified by three-fourths of the states to be adopted.

The following are term limits proposals that have been introduced in the 114th Congress:

12-year limit (six terms) for representatives; 12-year limit (two terms) for senators

H.J. Res. 11, introduced by GOP Rep. Andy Barr of Kentucky on Jan. 9, 2015. 

Co-sponsors (all Republican):

H.J. Res. 13, introduced by GOP Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina on Jan. 9, 2015.

Co-sponsors (all Republican):

H.J. Res. 19, introduced by GOP Rep. Steven M. Palazzo of Mississippi on Jan. 12, 2015.

Co-sponsors (all Republican):

  • Sanford
  • Harris

H.J. Res. 21, introduced by GOP Rep. Sean P. Duffy of Wisconsin on Jan. 14, 2015.

H.J. Res 39, introduced by GOP Rep. Tom Marino of Pennsylvania on March 26, 2015.

Eight-year limit (four terms) for representatives; 12-year limit (two terms) for senators

H.J. Res. 6, introduced by GOP Rep. Michael G. Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania on Jan. 6, 2015.

Six-year limit (three terms) for representatives; 12-year limit (two terms) for senators

S.J. Res. 1, introduced by GOP Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana on Jan. 6, 2015.

Co-sponsors (all Republican):

H.J. Res. 14, introduced by GOP Rep. Matt Salmon of Arizona on Jan. 9, 2015.

Co-sponsors (all Republican):

H.J. Res. 49, introduced by DeSantis on May 5, 2015.

Co-sponsors (all Republican):

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