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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 2 months ago

Why is there term limits for the President but not for Reps or Senators?

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  • 2 months ago

    There was no term limit until FDR was elected to his 4th term. During his last few years, his actions were thought to have been similar to those of a dictator and a term limit was imposed. As for Congress, they would never impose a limit to restrict them. They are the swamp that Trump has wanted to drain and couldn't.

  • J M
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    The founders did not consider term limits necessary. They believed people should have a right to vote for who they want. The only reason President has term limits is because Republicans feared they would never get the presidency. 

  • 2 months ago

    Reps/Sens, so far, make the rules, they want to keep control.

  • 2 months ago

    Because the Senate and the House write the laws.  They are not about to vote to take away their own power and income.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Because George Washington established the two-term limit for Presidents in his farewell address after having served two terms as President in order to avoid America returning to having a de facto king. 

    George Washington's two-term limit on the Office of President of the United States was considered part of the US's unwritten Constitution, akin to Rome's unwritten Constitution, and always adhered to as a matter of honor by US Presidents. That was until FDR came along. FDR ran a third time and got reelected, and even a fourth time, and got reelected again, thus giving rise to Congress making George Washington's two-term limit for Presidents part of the written Constitution so as to keep it from being violated again, passing the 22nd Amendment with a supermajority that Truman, who had been FDR's VP and come into office because FDR died, couldn't beat with a veto. 

    Anyway, the reason why there's a term limit for Presidents, but not for Congress, is it was George Washington's idea to put a two-term limit on Presidents and his rationale was to prevent America from returning to a monarchy or a de facto monarchy, a danger unique to the Office of President of the United States.

  • 2 months ago

    You do have to wonder about that. It was not until after FDR dies in office during his 4th term that the 22nd Amendment was passed to limit a president to two terms plus two years serving in place of a president, or 10 years.  But you look at McConnell, Pelosi, Feinstein to name a few, and you wonder why we don't have term limits for legislators.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Because Reps and Senators write the laws. 

  • Rayal
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Because F.D. Roosevelt was winning terms after term and the Republicans didn't like that he was so popular.

  • 2 months ago

    Because Congressional term limits would require a new law. And, guess who makes the laws. ;)

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    There should be a 0 term limit for republicans 

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