Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, says that forcing all members of the U.S. House of Representatives to run for office every two years doesn't make much sense - and costs a lot of cents.
So he introduced a proposed Constitutional amendment Thursday that would lengthen terms of office from two years to four - and would make them coincide with presidential elections.It is the first legislation that has ever been introduced to address term extension only. If Congress approves it, three-fourths of the state legislatures would have to vote to ratify it within seven years.
"To me, a four-year term is a matter of dollars and common sense," Hansen said.
"Alexander Hamilton could not have said it better when he stated, `Frequency of elections tend to make the people listless to them.' There's a reason why voter turnout is decreasing.
"I believe a four-year term for members of the House will turn what has developed into a meaningless ritual for many into a coveted time for the people to gather and select their representatives."