By Alan Sexton, Green Mountain Scribes
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Jose E. Serrano (D-NY-16), on Friday, January 4 introduced H.J. Res. 15 (House Joint Resolution) “Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.”The Twenty-second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was proposed on March 24, 1947, and ratified on February 27, 1951, and limits the office of the president to serving no more than two terms, and reads:
Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this Article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this Article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this Article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.
Section 2. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission to the States by the Congress.
Serrano has made previous attempts to repeal the Twenty-second Amendment: H.J. Res. 17 (1/7/11); and H.J. Res. 5 (1/6/09), and he’s not the only Democrat to attempt to Repeal the Twenty-second Amendment. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) took a swipe at the Amendment with his attempt, S.J. Res. 36 (1/31/89).
All previous efforts to repeal the Twenty-second Amendment failed without ever gaining traction, And govtrack.us gives Serrano’s latest attempt with H.J. Res 15, which was referred to committee on Friday, a “Prognosis” of “0% chance of getting past committee, 0% chance of being enacted or passed.”