4-year House Terms
Minimize dysfunction in the House, while maximizing productivity
Burgess Owens was sworn in to the United States House of Representatives on January 3rd, 2021, and he kicked off his reelection campaign on August 27, 2021. He had less than 9 months to enact meaningful legislation before hitting the campaign trail again.
This makes for an incredibly dysfunctional legislature. In fact, as a grassroots Republican lobbyist, I've been told that our last chance to pass meaningful climate legislation is at the end of this year, because next year everyone will be entirely focused on the 2022 elections and nothing new will pass.
So we get a fully attentive House for just one out of every two years?
No wonder the House is so volatile. Lengthening House terms by 2 years would triple our House's timetable for productive legislation, while allowing Representatives some breathing room for bipartisan cooperation.
This would take a constitutional amendment which needs a supermajority of Congress, and ratification by the states. While it's certainly a long-term project (pun intended), it would result in better governance for decades to come.