Can Rick Scott deliver on his campaign promise to end term limits? Only if two-thirds of Congress passes it, and two-thirds of state legislatures agree to a new amendment to the Constitution. That isn’t going to happen.
From ABC First Coast News’ Anthony Austin, 04/23/2018:
Gov. Rick Scott is out on the campaign trail preaching his message of putting an end to “career politicians.” … In a commercial, he says the only place in our country that is against term limits for members of Congress is Washington D.C.
But how likely is it that he would be able to make this happen?
Well, it’s going to take a lot of work because of a Supreme Court vote in 1995. An article from New York Times when that vote happened reads “The Supreme Court ruled today that in the absence of a constitutional amendment, neither states nor Congress may limit the number of terms that members of congress can serve.”
University of North Florida Political Expert Dr. Michael Binder:
“You need a constitutional amendment, which would require two-thirds of each house of Congress to agree to limit the amount of time they can serve on their job,” Binder said. “Then you would need three-quarters of the states to ratify it. You can’t get Congress to agree on what day of the week it is, much less get two-thirds of them to buy into this. I think the likelihood of anything like this occurring is nil at best.”