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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 23, 2020 11:14 AM
From: Representative Ryan E. Mackenzie and Rep. Francis X. Ryan, Rep. Paul Schemel
To: All House members
Subject: Article V Term Limit Legislation
We will soon be reintroducing legislation to call a constitutional convention regarding term limits for Congress.

Under the Article V convention process of the U.S. Constitution, if two-thirds (34) of the states call for an amendment proposal convention for the sole purpose of proposing term limits, a term limits convention is called. Any resulting proposed constitutional amendment would then require three-fourths (38) of the states to ratify it before it can become part of the U.S. Constitution.

A number of states have initiated a movement to impose term limits on Congress through a term limits convention limited to proposing a term limit amendment to the U.S. Constitution, applicable to members of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Other states are in the process of considering their own resolutions.

We believe a concurrent resolution making an application to Congress, on behalf of the people of Pennsylvania, to call an Article V convention for proposing a congressional term limits amendment is the ideal mechanism for limiting the number of terms an individual may serve as a member of either the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate.

Please join us in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation to ensure our federal government is adhering to the original intention of the U.S. Constitution.

Introduced as HR57