New York Democratic Congressman Jose Serrano has reintroduced a bill that would repeal the 22nd Amendment, a limitation on the president of the United States to serve only two terms in the White House.
The bill was introduced during the first day of the new Congress on Friday and has now been referred to Committee. Although the news may be surprising, Serrano has introduced similar bills for the past 10 years. Others have also done the same thing since as early as the President Ronald Reagan administration.
It isn’t very likely to pass in the House or in the Senate.
The 22nd Amendment was introduced a few years following the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who served more than two terms in office. Representatives at the time argued that since President George Washington stepped down after two terms, it meant that the founders only wanted presidents to serve no more than two terms (eight years).
King George III said Washington would be the greatest man in history he would relinquish power. Washington did and nearly every president has abided by two terms, except for a handful, including Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, who pushed Rep. Guy Vander Jagt to submit legislation to repeal the 22nd Amendment.
“The 22nd Amendment is an insult to American voters who are wise and well-informed,” said Reagan.