Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) issued a joint resolution on Tuesday proposing an amendment to the US Constitution imposing term limits on members of Congress. Senators would be limited to two six-year terms while members of Congress would be able to serve three two-year terms.
Cruz made the official announcement on his Senate website, where he wrote, “D.C. is broken. 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.”
He said, “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. 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.”
DeSantis said, “Term limits are the first step towards reforming Capitol Hill. Eliminating the political elite and infusing Washington with new blood will restore the citizen legislature that our Founding Fathers envisioned. The American people have called for increased accountability and we must deliver. Senator Cruz has been instrumental in efforts to hold Congress accountable, and I look forward to working with him to implement term limits.”
US Term Limits President Philip Blumel joined the discussion, writing “President Trump, Speaker Ryan and huge majorities of the American people are demanding term limits. Congress must listen and pass the Cruz-DeSantis amendment immediately.
In December, Sen. Cruz and Rep. DeSantis published an op-ed in the Washington Post announcing their intention to introduce a term limits amendment in the 115th Congress. The amendment was cosponsored in the Senate by Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mike Lee (R-UT), and David Perdue (R-GA).
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