He blamed career politicians that are beholden to “narrow special interests” for contributing to a dysfunctional Congress. In a statement, he said he would put his reputation on the line to get it passed.
“Term limits is a concept whose time has come,” Rosen said in a statement. “It is only fitting to underscore this message during this President’s Day weekend, when our greatest Presidents exemplified the concept of serving the public good over narrow, special interests.
“Over the years, we have seen an erosion of the concept of the citizen legislator, with career politicians now ensconced in Congress. The incentive structure has gotten all twisted with self-created incumbency advantage mixed with an obscene set of perks, including exorbitant pension and health care benefits not available to the average citizen, causing a condition where few are willing to take on the real and hard problems. A dysfunctional Congress is the end result.”
Limiting the time an official can serve in Congress will help “drive real, creative and effective solutions for the issues that matter–such as growth and prosperity for American,” Rosen said.
Lowey was first elected in 1988 and is one of the more senior members of Congress. She serves on the House Committee on Appropriations. Lowey also serves on the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; the Subcommittee on Homeland Security; and served on the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel.
Rosen said 24 years in Congress is too long. He backs four or five terms, which translates into eight or 10 years. Read more on his pledge here.