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Congressman Tom Marino

Representing the 12th District of Pennsylvania

Rep. Marino Introduces Constitutional Amendment to Break the Cycle

January 11, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C.- Today, Representative Tom Marino (R-PA) introduced a constitutional amendment, H.J. Res. 26, to institute 4-year terms for members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The introduction of this constitutional amendment is an additional effort to bring improved governance from the legislative branch. Along with recently introduced legislation to impose term limits and ensure that Congress considers one legislative subject at a time, this amendment to the constitution will deliver better government.

Rep. Marino said the following:

While I am a strict believer in mandated term limits for members of Congress, I believe the American people would benefit from their representatives serving 4-year terms. Having served in Congress for the last 8 years, I have seen what works and what contributes to the dysfunction that often gets associated with this institution. By enabling members to serve longer terms, we can break the cycle of constant campaigning and focus more on issues that are important to our constituents.

“Along with my efforts on term limits and single-subject legislation, this is a step towards better governance from the legislative branch that truly delivers a government for the people, by the people. As I’ve committed to since first coming to Congress, I will serve 12 years and then let new blood and ideas take the reins. While some may dismiss this resolution as more job security for Members of Congress, this effort is geared towards the sanctity of the legislative process and delivering for constituents.”