If you are one of the millions of Americans disgusted by politicians who entrench themselves in Washington D.C. for decades while they ignore their constituents (except for election years, of course) and waste trillions of taxpayer dollars while enriching themselves, then you may well be delighted by a proposal put forward by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
On Monday, Cruz, joined by five of his Republican colleagues in the Senate, resubmitted a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment that would impose term limits on all members of Congress.
Term limits for Congress
The Texas senator announced his move on Twitter with screenshots of the text of the resolution, writing: “Today my colleagues and I reintroduced a constitutional amendment to impose #TermLimits on Members of Congress.”
“The amendment would limit U.S. senators to two six-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to three two-year terms,” Cruz added.
Today my colleagues and I reintroduced a constitutional amendment to impose #TermLimits on Members of Congress. The amendment would limit U.S. senators to two six-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to three two-year terms. pic.twitter.com/1izmg5EQ6B
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) January 25, 2021
A proposed ending for “political careerism”
Sen. Cruz also issued a press release from his Senate office to announce his term limits resolution that is supported by five other Republicans at this point in time, including Sens. Mike Braun (R-IN), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rick Scott (R-FL), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Todd Young (R-IN).
“Every year, Congress spends billions of dollars on giveaways for the well-connected: Washington insiders get taxpayer money and members of Congress get re-elected, all while the system fails the American people,” Cruz said in a statement. “It’s no wonder that the vast majority of Americans from every political stripe — Republicans, Democrats, and Independents — overwhelmingly support congressional term limits.”
“The rise of political careerism in today’s Congress is a sharp departure from what the Founders intended for our federal governing bodies,” he added. “I have long called for this solution for the brokenness of Washington, D.C., and I will continue fighting to hold career politicians accountable. As I have done in the past, I urge my colleagues to submit this constitutional amendment to the states for speedy ratification.”
The press release went on to note that Cruz has been pushing for term limits on Congress since at least 2016, including at least two prior efforts to introduce the resolution in both 2017 and 2019.
Six years in the House, 12 years in the Senate
Sen. Cruz’s press release also included a link to the full text, at least as of now, to the resolution he will reintroduce for consideration.
The resolution, if passed by a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate and then ratified by three-fourths of the states, would limit House members to three two-year terms and senators to two six-year terms in office.
It further made clear that, in the event of a member being appointed mid-term to fill a vacancy, it would only count against their limit if they served more than half of that normal term, nor would it apply retroactively to members currently serving but would only start limiting terms after being ratified.