Four-year U.S. House of Representatives Terms: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, Ninety-sixth Congress, First Session, on S.J. Res. 34 ... July 26, 1979

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Page 5 - Constitu. 5 tion of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents 6 and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified...
Page 41 - As it is essential to liberty that the government in general should have a common interest with the people, so it is particularly essential that the branch of it under consideration should have an immediate dependence on, and an intimate sympathy with, the people.
Page 5 - IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES MAY 15 (legislative day, MAT 13), 1987 Mr. ROTH introduced the following joint resolution; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary JOINT RESOLUTION Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to limiting campaign expenditures. 1 Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives...
Page 4 - As with any proposed change in the Constitution, we must be careful and deliberate in examining these suggested amendments to determine if they would indeed improve the legislative process and the effectiveness of our Government. Our Constitution outlines a representative government. A representative government is one in which the people govern themselves indirectly by entrusting the administration of the state to the officials they choose for that purpose. Representative self-government, therefore,...
Page 42 - No man can be a competent legislator who does not add to an upright intention and a sound judgment a certain degree of knowledge of the subjects on which he is to legislate. A part of this knowledge may be acquired by means of information which lie within the compass of men in private as well as public stations. Another part can only be attained, or at least thoroughly attained, by actual experience in the station which requires the...
Page 5 - Representatives 2 of the United States of America in Congress assembled 3 (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the fol4 lowing article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitu5 tion of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents 6 and purposes as part of the Constitution...
Page 42 - ... subjects on which he is to legislate. A part of this knowledge may be acquired by means of information which lie within the compass of men in private as well as public stations. Another part can only be attained, or at least thoroughly attained, by actual experience in the station which requires the use of it. The period of service ought, therefore, in all such cases to bear some proportion to the extent of practical knowledge requisite to the due performance of the service.
Page 5 - JOINT RESOLUTION Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States providing that the term of office of Members of the House of Representatives shall be four years. Resolved...
Page 11 - I also believe that the time has come to extend the term of office for members of the House of Representatives from two to four years.

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