Thursday, July 23, 2009
A viewer asks, “Is Congress considering repealing the 22nd Amendment?” Good question.
Denny Walthers heard about a new bill being considered by Congress to repeal the 22nd Amendment, which sets presidential term limits.
The bill is real. It was introduced in January of this year by a democratic Congressman from New York, Jose Serrano. It has since been referred to a sub-committee on constitution, civil rights and civil liberties.
There is an e-mail circulating that claims this bill is an effort to keep President Obama in office for more than two terms.
After doing a little research on the e-mail and the proposed bill, some fiction was found mixed in with fact.
Again, the proposed bill is real, but it’s not necessarily new. In fact, proposed bills to eliminate the 22nd Amendment seem to be common. Especially from the man who has introduced this latest bill, Representative Serrano.
Serrano has introduced the same bill to Congress every two years since 1997, during both the Clinton and Bush administrations.
According to snopes.com, at least six other members of Congress over the past 20 years have introduced similar bills to eliminate presidential term limits.
None of the bills were ever brought to a vote. Like the most recent proposal, all were referred to committees.
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