Off-Topic: Judicial Appointments and the U.S. Constituion

An email I wrote to the New York Times about possible amendments to the U.S. Constitution was published on Sunday.  My nonpartisan (I think) suggestions were as follows:

To the Editor:

Because of controversies over judicial (and other) appointments, I would propose two amendments to the Constitution:

1. Each seat on the Supreme Court would be limited to a term of 18 years, with terms staggered to expire every two years. That would allow every president to appoint at least two justices.

2. Every presidential nominee would be considered to be confirmed if the Senate does not affirm or reject the nomination within 120 days. The recess appointments clause should also be changed so that appointments are effective only for the recess and 120 days after the Senate returns to session.



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