House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Tuesday he doesn’t support eliminating term limits for committee chairs, despite President Donald Trump’s recent statements that the practice has encouraged too many GOP retirements lately.
“You can always look at something,” McCarthy said when asked about Trump’s suggestion that the GOP drop the term limits. “But, I love the idea of fresh blood.”
Back in 1994, Republicans installed a three-term limit on chairmanships and ranking positions.
This comes after a wave of Republican lawmakers announced they are retiring in recent weeks.
Among those retiring are Reps. Mike Conaway, who headed the Agriculture Committee for six years, and Rob Bishop, who is serving his final term as ranking member of the Natural Resources Committee.
“House Republicans should allow Chairs of Committees to remain for longer than 6 years,” Trump tweeted.
“It forces great people, and real leaders, to leave after serving. The Dems have unlimited terms. While that has its own problems, it is a better way to go. Fewer people, in the end, will leave!”
On the other side, Democrats impose no term limits, which allows chairs and ranking members to stay in place as long as they remain in office.
McCarthy criticized them for failing to impose term limits, saying:
“The difference with Republicans is you don’t earn a chairmanship just because you’ve been sitting here,” McCarthy said. “You earn a chairmanship by work.”
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