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RD TERM FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
UNITED STATES SENATE
S. J. Res. 15
DINT RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT
S. J. Res. 289
JOINT RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT
DENT OF THE UNITED STATES
SEPTEMBER 4 TO OCTOBER 30, 1940
Printed for the use of the Committee on the Judiciary
WASHINGTON : 1940
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
HENRY F. ASHURST, Arizona, Chairman WILLIAM H. KING, Utah
GEORGE W. NORRIS, Nebraska M. M. NEELY, West Virginia
WARREN R. AUSTIN, Vermont PAT MCCARRAN, Nevada
JOHN A. DANAHER, Connecticut FREDERICK VAN NUYS, Indiana
ALEXANDER WILEY, Wisconsin CARL A. HATCH, New Mexico
ROBERT A. TAFT, Ohio
SUBCOMMITTEE ON S. J. Res. 15 AND S. J. Res. 289
EDWARD R, BURKE, Nebraska, Chairman FREDERICK VAN NUYS, Indiana
WARREN R. AUSTIN, Vermont TOM CONNALLY, Texas
ALEXANDER WILEY, Wisconsin
Adams, James Truslow----
Smith, Young B., dean, Columbia Law School...
Wilkinson, Ignatius M., Fordham College of Law
THIRD TERM FOR PRESIDENT
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1940
UNITED STATES SENATE,
Washington, D. C. The subcommittee met at 10:30 o'clock, pursuant to the call of the • chairman, in the caucus room of the Senate Office Building, Senator Edward R. Burke, chairman, presiding.
Present: Senators Burke (chairman), Van Nuys, Austin, and Wiley.
(The subcommittee had under consideration S. J. Res. 15 and S. J. Res. 289, which are as follows:)
[S. J. Res. 15, 76th Cong., 1st sess.) JOINT RESOLUTION Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States
relating to the term of office of President
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is hereby proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution, in lieu of those provisions of article II, section I, which relate to the term of office and election of President.
"SECTION 1. The term of the office of each President elected after the date of this section takes effect shall be six years; and no person who shall be elected to the office of President, or who shall exercise the duties of the office by succession, after the date this section takes effect, shall be eligible for reelection.
"SEC. 2. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission to the States by the Congress."
JOINT RESOLUTION Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States,
relative to terms of the President of the United States
Whereas the present course of world dictatorships jeopardizes the democratic
processes of governments; and Whereas the tenets of democracy are likely to be endangered through the con
tinuance of one man in the highest executive office of the United States : Therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (turo-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is hereby proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of · the several States :