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House Dems’ Support for Term Limits for Leadership Has Faded

"It's like shooting ourselves in the head," Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) told CNN on Monday.

By NTK Staff | 04.02.2019 @12:30pm
House Dems’ Support for Term Limits for Leadership Has Faded

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was able to win back the speaker’s gavel in large part because of her support for term limits for leadership positions in the House Democratic caucus, but it seems that support for term limits has faded among rank-and-file Democrats in the House.

CNN reported that “more than two dozen House Democrats huddled in a small room in the Capitol late Monday night to discuss the term limits proposal,” adding that the meeting lasted 90 minutes.

But it appears from CNN’s reporting that support for term limits, which was a popular proposal during Pelosi’s leadership election in November, has diminished within the caucus.

“It’s like shooting ourselves in the head,” Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) told CNN about the term limits proposal, adding that he didn’t think the Monday night meeting was “very productive.”

“It seems like we’ve moved on,” Johnson added. “But this does provide an opportunity for those who are dwelling on that issue to be able to influence others who come.”

Johnson isn’t the only House Democrat that thinks the caucus has moved on from the term limit issue.

“I feel that term limits are artificial,” Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) told CNN. “We have term limits. They’re called elections.”

“I just felt like, at the time, we really needed fresh leadership,” Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX) told CNN about Pelosi’s leadership election. “But I think she’s proven us wrong.”

CNN noted that Vela “was one of the more outspoken Democrats calling for change during last fall’s speaker race.”

Freshman Rep. Chuy Garcia (D-IL) told CNN that he has not made up his mind whether to support term limits, saying that both sides have made good arguments.

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