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Congressional Reform

There is a reason why elected officials are called public servants; they are meant to serve the public, not themselves. It is a privilege to hold office but should not be a career. Too many public officials have stayed in office for too long, leading to ineffectiveness and abuse. The abuse of office and the need for term limits was understood historically for the Presidency and codified in the 22nd Amendment, limiting the President to 2 terms. Thus, term limits should be implemented for Congress as well. A limit of 20 years cumulative between both chambers would reduce abuse and bring fresh voices into the lead of national debates. In addition, while every citizen has the right to their income and assets, Congressional members should not make money off the knowledge they attain through their duties. Congressional abuse can be limited by requiring all their investments shifted before assuming office into a Special Congressional account that tracks a market index.