Amendments to US Constitution

I favor three constitutional amendments:

1. The People’s Rights Amendment, a proposal to limit the Constitution’s protections only to the rights of natural persons, and not corporations. This amendment would overturn the United States Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

2. The Saving American Democracy Amendment, which would state that corporations are not entitled to the same constitutional rights as people. It would also ban corporate campaign donations to candidates, and give Congress and the states broad authority to regulate spending in elections. This amendment would overturn the United States Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

3.Term limits for US Representatives and Senators

My proposal for an amendment for term limits is given below:

Proposed amendment to the Constitution

Congress may legislate term limits for US Representatives and Senators.

Proposed companion legislation for limiting terms for US Representatives and Senators

US Representatives will be limited to three terms in office and Senators will be limited to two terms in office except that to maintain continuity 60 members of the House of Representatives (30 from the majority and 30 from the minority) will be allowed to seek reelection for additional terms after each legislative session and 12 Senators(6 from the majority and 6 from the minority) will be allowed to seek reelection for additional terms. The sitting US Representatives and Senators will elect (by secret ballot) the members who will be allowed to seek reelection . All sitting US Representatives will vote for 30 majority members and 30 minority members. All sitting senators will vote for 6 majority members and 6 minority members.

The majority members and the minority members with the most votes will be allowed to seek reelection for more than three terms for US Representatives and more than two terms for Senators.

My reasoning for the term limit amendment and accompanying law

It will be nearly impossible to get congressmen to agree to pass a constitutional amendment that merely limits their number of terms- they want to stay! However they may be willing to pass the amendment and accompanying law if they think they will be the ones picked by their colleagues to run for reelection for additional terms ( this would use vanity to a good purpose). If they vote by secret ballot, I expect the US Representatives and Senators would vote for the most competent members of their own and the opposition party. These would probably include the committee chairmen in the next congress.

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