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Mitch McConnell: No interest in term limits for Congress

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has no interest in at least one agenda item preferred by President-elect Donald Trump: term limits for members of Congress.

Trump praised the idea during the campaign, but McConnell said Wednesday the issue is going nowhere in the Senate.

The Kentucky Republican tells reporters: “I would say we have term limits now. They’re called elections. And it will not be on the agenda in the Senate.”

McConnell also says he hopes Vice President-elect Mike Pence follows former Vice President Dick Cheney in attending the Senate GOP’s weekly luncheons.

McConnell says Cheney, a former congressman, served almost as Senate liaison for President George W. Bush. He says he hopes Pence, a former Indiana congressman, will do the same for Trump.

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  1. DrGadget November 10, 2016 at 8:57 am

    McConnell is another one we need to pry loose from the teat.

    Trump needs to orchestrate his defeat in the next primary. Cut funding for all the RINO’s, find real conservatives to run against them, and fund them well.

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    • wilhelm1 November 10, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      No Big Surprise. “Mitchy” you are one of the big reasons we need Term Limits. Establishment Democrats and Republicans had better wise up and start to remember you work for us and if you don’t, out you will go.

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    • marines November 10, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      Sir: Just a friendly note from we the People. Get some interest. Hear us and fear us, because we are in no mood to listen to you. Kentucky, who there will start the recall on this RINO? I am sure WE will fund it. He doesn’t seem to care what his voters think. Maybe a recall vote might get his interest in term limits but more importantly on OUR interests. Stop the illegals from pouring into our country! Build the wall. End the IRS. Go to a Fair Tax that we can fill out online in 5 minutes, or less. Padlock the Department of Ed and send the money and responsibility back to where it belongs, the states. By the way, also send the people who weaponized the Departments where they belong, Leavenworth. That includes DOJ and all the sick rats that have run the ship for the last 8 years. Also, Comey, you are FIRED! Stop this wanton murder of babies. Next thing they will try is killing the born! Do something instead of standing around saying what you WON”T DO!

      Listen and learn dinosaur because those who have no ears to hear or eyes to see will not remain on our payroll. Hit this jerk in his wallet. If that doesn’t get his attention, he is dumber than he acts.

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      ltuser November 11, 2016 at 1:48 am

      Now that’s a good suggestion. Though does Kentucky allow for recall elections of its senators or just state governors??

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  2. eagleseven
    eagleseven November 10, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Oh yes, ole Mitch. We the people want term limits. You don’t decide for us. Are you forgetting that you work for us, we the people?
    Send this useless babbler back home please!

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    • capricorn1 November 10, 2016 at 9:13 am

      time to drain the swamp of people like mitch and lindsay.
      the gravy train needs to derail in the form of term limits.

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    • sclayton6165 November 10, 2016 at 10:32 am

      Of course he doesn’t support term limits. That would put an end to his gravy train job where he does nothing. He would no longer be immune from the laws that he has helped set up for the rest of us like the stupid healthcare nightmare called Obamacare. He would have to go back to living like the rest of us. What a pinhead.

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      ltuser November 10, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      Perhaps when the wall is built, we can air drop him in mexico..

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  3. backpacker November 10, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Dr. Gadget, you took the words right out of my mouth. McConnell RINO is nothing but a DemoRAT. I wish the RINO voters that vote for McConnell would wake up and get a real Conservative in office.

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  4. henrytx November 10, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Of course McConnell has no interest in limiting the amount of time he and his fellow rats can pull our strings and screw us over for the sake of their own personal interests. That would be like Slick Willy giving up on women!! Being a member of Congress is better than being on Welfare.

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  5. Kbuzz1 November 10, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Whatever happened to the “Will of the People”?
    I think Mitch forget that he is there to serve the people.

    Actual, what we see now is the true politician coming out – and take note people, its not about us. If this is what we want, than our Elected Representatives better d**n well do it…and still they do not listen. 2018 will hopefully see a purge of RINO’s and Dems as the people begin to wake up.

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      ltuser November 10, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      According to these cretins, the “will of the people is meaningless”, WE exist to serve them in their minds.. nOT the other way around.

      GUESS they didn’t get the memo WE THE PEOPLE sent when we elected trump.

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  6. dragun11 November 10, 2016 at 9:42 am

    He does have a point in that we do have elections to vote people out. Problem is it’s rare that someone either does their homework before voting or hears actual truth from the media about the candidates. That being said, McConnell needs to go and quickly!!!

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    • columba November 10, 2016 at 10:12 am

      Also, incumbents have the benefit of free media visibility, funding from lobbyists, and even free postage for mailings if (supposedly) the mailings aren’t campaign material. Of course, even a “here’s what’s happening in Congress and what I’m doing for you, my constituents” letter is a form of campaigning, in getting a positive image of the incumbent before the public.

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    • oleteabag November 10, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      It’s even worse than THAT, dragun11. These corrupt career politicians and the lobbyists who OWN them can simply STARVE OUT any upstart candidate who tries to replace them through the elective process. Those challengers will find they can’t get ANY funding from their parties to run, and the ever-compliant media SHILLS will simply IGNORE them to death. That is a BIG factor in the SAME career politician “insiders” getting re-elected year after year.

      Our Founding Fathers did NOT set up this Republic government of, by, and FOR corrupt career politicians–WE are the ones who have allowed that to happen. The BEST way to get rid of a career pol incumbent is to PRIMARY him/her. Turnout is lower in the primaries, and it is MUCH easier to keep them off the general election ballot by voting AGAINST them in primaries. They actually set up this “primary” system for their OWN benefit–to make the election cycle so long, arduous and EXPENSIVE that nobody except a BILLIONAIRE or a sold-out career pol who has been bought lock, stock, and barrel by special interests can last it out and stay in the race. But we can use that SAME primary system to VOTE THEM OUT before the general election ever happens. We need to use EVERY tool at our disposal to RID our government of these self-interested PARASITES and replace them with people who don’t plan to make a LIFELONG career out of feeding at the government TROUGH.

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      ltuser November 10, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      Which is imo WHY we need a constitutional Convention so WE THE PEOPLE can impse these term limits on them..

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  7. minaka November 10, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Like any professional politician is going to suggest or vote for doing away with professional politicians. Most of these guys have never worked at anything other than getting elected and socking away bribes and influence for when they retire. Actually, many won’t retire but die while in the Congress they can’t bring themselves to leave because THEY HAVE NO LIVES OUTSIDE POLITICS.

    So what needs to happen is teaching newly awakened American citizens to invoke functional term limits by voting their Congresskritters OUT after 2 or 3 terms. Whatever contribution they have to make is made by then. After that the “experience” they’re accumulating is NOT used for the good of country but for the good of their own bank accounts and self aggrandizement.

    Stop voting in so many lawyers who are not trained in problem solving, just gabbing. Stop voting for an incumbent just because his is the only name you recognize. Get rid of the proven dummies (Rep./ Hank Johnson [D] worried the island of Guam will tip over under the weight of a US base) and crooks (Wm. J. Jefferson [D] caught with payola in his office freezer). Don’t vote for Senators on the basis of how much pork they bring to your state because it’s bad for the country and means he’s likely taking a fat slice of pork for himself. Next, start turfing the mediocrities who do nothing between elections. Elect people who have actual jobs and return them to those jobs as the Founding Fathers envisioned.

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    • oleteabag November 10, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      minaka, I am all FOR Trump’s desire to OUTLAW career pols going DIRECTLY from public office into LOBBYING. That “revolving door” is one BIG reason for the corruption and graft in our government, and it needs to STOP.

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  8. columba November 10, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Gee, what a surprise, that a lifetime professional politician doesn’t want to do himself out of a cushy job. National referendum, anyone? (Oh, wait, that’s part of what this presidential election was about, isn’t it?)

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  9. bragar November 10, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Of all the elite repub fossils that need to go I’d put this doosh at the top of the list!

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      ltuser November 10, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      I am unsure who i would have at the top. Mitch or Ryan..

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  10. christopherhfromme November 10, 2016 at 10:46 am

    The only path that term limits might happen is with a Article V Convention as advocated by Levin

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  11. rod123 November 10, 2016 at 10:52 am

    It seams funny that they voted in term limits for President but do not want it for them self’s. The RINO’S all need to go and take away there retirement for life.

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      ltuser November 10, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      It is ironic isn’t it.. They vote to limit the president but refuse to limit themselves. BUT then when they exempt themselves from all other laws they pass, its standard practice..

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  12. Eagle525 November 10, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Surprise … One of the longer serving politicians in congress “has no interest in term limits”. At one time term limits were by virtue of the ballot box. No longer. Political lying, corruption, legislative deceit and a complicit fraudulent press/media and a federal department of education that support a socialist movement to, as Obama revealed, Fundamentally Change America”.
    Understand that this is an intentionally orchestrated movement by socialist of the communist variety. At risk are the Constitution, Bill of Rights and freedoms that they insure. Socialism can not co-exist with the tenants of freedom, and after 80 years of trying the fall of the USSR proves the point.

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  13. cnkiv November 10, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Mitch McConnel needs to get real. Term limits are badly needed. Public service in politics was never intended to be a career as perceived by the founders. It can be argued very successfully that this election was more a rejection of the insulated entitled and deaf established political class than anything else. As I have commented continuously, these people (professional politicians) have been listening to the wrong information. Their contacts are all incestuous with each other. The consultants, lobbyists, advisors, et. al. ad. nauseum just play musical chairs around Washington and New England, all to convinced of their self importance and completely ignore the people they were elected to represent. A huge change in attitude needs to be exhibited. 2 terms (12 years) is plenty for senators. 6 terms (12 years) is plenty for legislators.

    The other thing that bothers this humble voters is the influence of money. Corrupt Hillary is but the best example, however, the fact that many go to Washington as people of middle class means and come away multi-millionaires is also proof of a lack of objectivity in their work. It’s time for congress to work for the voters and their country.

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  14. 49bob November 10, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Term limits are nothing but a tool for the weak and feeble. A means for the low information voter to attack politicians they don’t like even if it means getting rid of every good politician. This is just stupid. It is for sure no clear path to creating a more conservative government, if the voters won’t vote out a politician term limit fans don’t like why on earth should we believe they will vote in a conservative in his place. Term limit fans have been smoking to much dope.

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  15. oldschool7 November 10, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Shocked that McConnell would not support the logical and fair idea of not sponsoring these guys for a lifetime of salary and benefits. roll them all over after 3 terms max.

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    • wilhelm1 November 10, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      oldschool7 18 years in the Senate, hell no. 12 years is bad enough.

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    • oldschool7 November 10, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      Wilhelm
      I would buy 12 and 10 (Senate and House) Sometimes you do get a guy or gal who is worth keeping, if we cut it at 12 and 10 then gave them the option to come back after a term for 2 more it might work. But the only way we get any of it is by Constitutional Convention type reform, they will never vote themselves anything but pay raises!

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    • oleteabag November 10, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      ANOTHER good point, oldschool. We need to put an end to CONGRESS deciding their OWN salary and benefits. That’s just ASKING for self-interested corruption! We need to devise some OTHER means of granting Congressional pay and benefits–such as they can propose and it goes on the national election ballot and let the PEOPLE decide.

      One thing for SURE. They should NOT be voting themselves salaries and benefits that are far beyond anything enjoyed by the people who elect them and whom they are SUPPOSED to be representing instead of voting themselves raises and benefits. For example, they have voted themselves a pension equal to their FULL PAY as a Congressman, after serving only ONE term in office! WHERE in the civilian world does ANYBODY get a pension setup like that? And THEY shouldn’t have it EITHER. As a matter of fact, there should be NO “special” pension plans for government workers. THEY should be on the SAME Social Security plan as the REST OF US. I daresay CONGRESS would not have STOLEN all the Social Security money we paid in and spent it on OTHER STUFF, if that had been THEIR retirement plan! But since Social Security is only for us PEASANTS, and NOT for the ruling political class, well, they saw absolutely NO PROBLEM with stealing OUR retirement funds–and now they are weaseling around trying to figure out some way to blame OLD PEOPLE for the plan being BROKE and to avoid REPAYING the money they have STOLEN. NONE of that would have happened if THEY were on Social Security. But since they are NOT, they really don’t give a DAMN if the REST of us have funds to live on when we retire or ONT.

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    • columba November 10, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      oleteabag, I agree with you that they shouldn’t control their own salaries and perks, but as with the term limits, how are we to stop them when THEY’RE the ones who’d have to legislate an end to their control? It’s all a vicious cycle. And yet … there must be a way. No one thought we could get Trump elected, either. Let’s keep giving them surprises.

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      ltuser November 10, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      The way we enforce it is via a constitutional convention.. TAKE THE POWER out of their hands and put in OURS..

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  16. rod123 November 10, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    If Trump does what he said an can prove you do not need to be a career politician that the country might be better off with out all the RINO’s
    Then they better run an hide so the door does not hit them in the *** on the way out.

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  17. yy4u2 November 10, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    When the Republic was set up, I believe the people were more informed than they are today. They actually had a media that wasn’t biased perhaps. Unfortunately, civics has been removed from high schools and replaced with feelings and good intentions. Therefore, people are voting for whoever makes them and their situation feel good with lies, lies, and more dang lies that the candidate deems as good intentions. And because of this, the American people need Senators and Representatives to have term limits because the no info voter, the ameriKans, are all too happy voting for legal theft (i.e. govt run programs). Too many ameriKan politicians are all too happy to make unconstitutionality the reality.

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    • oleteabag November 10, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      Actually, yy4u2, “media” — which would have been newspapers or similar publications back then–were few and far between, and NOT a large factor at ALL in voting decisions. And what we have for “media” today are hardly reliable sources of information! If the Wikileaks emails proved nothing ELSE, they CERTAINLY proved that the so-called “media” are NOT reporting news at ALL–they are COLLUDING with the Democratic Party to feed the REST OF US a bunch of Democratic propaganda to manipulate the REST of US into giving the Democrats what they want by electing ONLY their candidates.

      They lie and spin and COVER UP endlessly for the Commucrats, while attacking, vilifying and SMEARING anybody who DARES to question or disagree with the Commucrat “party line.” If that is what “media” means nowadays, we’d be better off WITHOUT it.

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  18. FrankC November 10, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    McConnell is one of the prime examples for why we need term limits. The longer a person is in office, the more power they accumulate and the more corrupt they become. They switch from representing our best interests to lining their own pockets.

    One thing that would almost eliminate the need for term limits and even for campaign finance reform would be to repeal the 17th Amendment and return control of the Senate to the individual states as the Constitution outlined. If you look at this realistically, ObamaCare never would have become law if the Senators answered to their state legislatures instead of being controlled by their parties.

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    • oleteabag November 10, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      I agree, FrankC! The “popular vote” method of selecting members of Congress is what injected all that special interest MONEY into the process and TOTALLY corrupted BOTH houses of Congress. Which is likely WHY the Founding Fathers set up the system to provide for members of Congress to be elected by members of individual state legislatures. Yet another example of HOW departing from what the Founding Fathers intended has corrupted the government and made it LESS responsive and accountable to the people.

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  19. oleteabag November 10, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    I just BET he has “no interest” in term limits for Congress! McConnell is the very DEFINITION of the self-interested CAREER POLITICIAN who cares more about feathering his OWN nest and sucking up to the lobbyists who fund his campaign than he does about actually REPRESENTING the people who elected him!

    It will likely take a Constitutional Amendment to term limit Congress. Wonder if we could AMEND the amendment that term limits PRESIDENTS? That might be easier to accomplish than creating a whole new amendment!

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      ltuser November 10, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      That is why i keep saying we need a constitutional convention. SO THE POWER is in our hands not theirs..

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  20. normazeinert November 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    You forget Senator…..you work for We The People…..we say what happens….we like term limits….it would be wise for you to understand fully what this election has been about…..if you don’t get that then you need to be gone….the elites no longer run the government……

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  21. gdonna612 November 10, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Time to cut out the dead wood! They get to used to being “high rollers”!

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  22. patron71 November 10, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    They need to get RID of McConnell. The other congress members need to get rid of him. He thinks the world should revolve around him, he thinks he walks on water. He is nothing but a back stabber who wants to be boss. All he did before the election was sent out emails asking for money; I would not send him a penny if he needed it.

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  23. Bay0Wulf November 10, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Getting Term Limits into place is going to be a Very Tough Row to Hoe for Trump … or anyone else for that matter.

    Mitch McConnell is a RINO (aka Establishment Puke)… he’s always been a RINO and he’s not going to change.

    In fact MANY in the Senate and the House oare Either RINOs OR DINOs (aka Establishment Pukes) and they will be very difficult to erradicate. Expect the Establishment to be as Obstructive and Uncooperative as possible.

    Focus on and eliminate as many Establishment Types as possible. I am hoping that President Trump is willing to have “Fireside Chats” or something similar so he can Rat Out and focus Constituent Ire on the “Problem Children” and get the People to Assist Him …

    Term Limits makes sense but don’t expect them to happen in Our Lifetimes …

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  24. Jim480 November 10, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Trump should forget trying to work with Congress on this issue. The Congress will never pass such legislation. The President should call on the States to convene a Convention of States to handle this one issue; and possibly other issues as well where the criminals in the Congress are blocking.

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  25. FiWN7oGvbv November 10, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    B!tch McConnell and John McCain should be the first two OUT!

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