Recently, I received an email warning of impending legislation by Democrats to repeal the 22nd Amendment. The 22nd Amendment restricted Presidents to two terms. During the election I received many emails warning that Obama was part of a conspiracy by many groups including foreign governments to take over our country. One of the warnings was that presidential term limits would be removed making it possible for a sitting president to have unlimited powers. Well, I didn’t really believe the emails and quickly dismissed them. However I found this email worthy of investigation. There is some truth in the email. H.J. Res 5 was introduced 6 January 2009 to 111th Congress by Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY).
Apparently, this is not the first time that a resolution repealing the 22nd Amendment has been proposed. However, each time it does not seem to make it out of committee. That is probably the same fate of H.J. Res 5. It was referred to Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties on 9 February 2009.
Since 1991 Rep. Jose Serrano has proposed 114 bills. Only 107 have made it out of committee. Based on voting and proposed legislation Serrano appears to be on the far left.
While the HJ Res 5 does exist it does not appear to be the threat to our civial liberties as suggested by the email I recieved. It does bear watching to see if anything actually happens with HJ Res 5. I am inclined to believe that it will die in committtee just as early verisions of this bill have.