Frustrated CNBC Anchor Says We ‘Need Term Limits’

Seeing a conservative and a liberal agree on the idea of term limits is quite unusual.

Though they don’t usually agree on much, CNBC’s Squawk Box co-anchors Joe Kernen and Andrew Ross Sorkin both praised the idea of term limits for members of Congress. Frustrated with Congress’s lack of progress on Trump’s agenda, Kernen argued that getting substantial change passed is “impossible. I think maybe you need term limits.”

“These guys have been there for too long” he argued. Even though their constituents closely watch how they vote, congressmen “very rarely do what they consider is right” he added “all they do, is what’s going to look right.”  

Kernan said, “the swamp is impossible to drain because the swamp has alligators, it's got snakes. All these nasty things in the swamp that fight back.” Though Sorkin and Kernen disagree politically on most issues, Sorkin actually loved the idea. “I’m with you. I’m for term limits. Let’s go,” Sorkin added.

There’s reason for concern. According to the National Federation of Independent Business, small business optimism is at “historically high levels.” However, frustration over congressional inaction is beginning to mount. CNBC told Squawk Box viewers that healthcare and tax reform remain, “historically, the top two issues for small businesses” and they want to see action.

Kernen complained that even though Republicans are in control of the House, the Senate, and the President “they're stuck in mud.”

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