Saturday, January 7, 2017
We Should Have a Term Limit Amendment. Are There Enough Votes For It To Pass
Sen. Ted Cruz introduces term limits constitutional amendment
, R-Fla., introduced a constitutional amendment that would impose term limits on members of Congress.
“D.C. is broken,” Sen. Cruz said in a statement posted to his website on Tuesday. “The American people resoundingly agreed on Election Day, and President-elect Donald Trump has committed to putting government back to work for the American people. It is well past time to put an end to the cronyism and deceit that has transformed Washington into a graveyard of good intentions.”
“The time is now for Congress, with the overwhelming support of the American people, to submit this constitutional amendment to the states for speedy ratification,” Cruz added. “With control of a decisive majority of the states, the House of Representatives, and the Senate, we have a responsibility to answer the voters’ call-to-action. We must deliver.”
According to the Examiner:
The proposal would limit senators to two terms (12 years total) and representatives to three terms (six years total). President-elect Trump campaigned on reining in Congress by implementing term limits, though it is unclear if the incoming administration has been involved in the proposal, which comes during Congress’ first week in session this year.
Both Cruz and DeSantis are Republicans.
“President Trump, Speaker Ryan and huge majorities of the American people are demanding term limits,” said U.S. Term Limits President Philip Blumel. “Congress must listen and pass the Cruz-DeSantis amendment immediately.”
In October, Rasmussen found that three-quarters of Americans supported term limits while only 13 percent did not.
Republican Sens. Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Marco Rubio of Florida, Mike Lee of Utah and David Perdue of Georgia are co-sponsors of the amendment, the Examiner added.
Complete text of the proposed amendment can be seen here.