By Javier ManjarresThe Florida Legislature has become the first state governing body to call for term limits for members of the U.S. Congress. The Legislature has had a rough term thus far with the recent redistricting debacle as well as with in-fighting amongst “Charlie Crist” Republican holdouts and more ‘conservative’ legislators, put this measure could end the 2012 Legislative session on a positive note. The self-described “most conservative” Legislature can now affix a well deserved feather in its their cap with this bold ‘Tea Party-esque’ move.
Florida is the first state to take this step, but it will likely not be the last. With term limits polling at all-time highs and the Congress at record lows, pressure is building around the nation for Congress to take action.
Nationally, the support for term limits remains strong with 78 percent of Americans supporting congressional term limits according to a September 2010 poll conducted for FoxNews by Public Opinion Dynamics. Support is strong across partisan lines with 84 percent of Republicans favoring the idea while 74 percent of Democrats and 74 percent of Independents also support limiting congressional terms. (Source-FlaTermlimits)
I would not hold my breath that the Congress will follow Florida’s lead on the matter, as Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will shelve any proposed bill that will come from the House side.