• Richard Easson

Republicans Reintroduce Amendment to Constitution Limiting Congressional Term Limits

Once again Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) is reintroducing a constitutional amendment that would place term limits on senators and representatives.

According to Cruz’s website, he and other Republican colleagues have introduced similar amendments on two separate occasions – once in 2017 and again in 2019 along with Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.).

Also according to his site, Cruz, along with former Rep. Rob DeSantis (R-Fla.), wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post announcing their intention to introduce an amendment limiting terms limits for both houses of Congress. In 2019 Cruz led “a hearing as chairman of the Senate Judiciary’s Subcommittee on The Constitution, entitled, ‘Keeping Congress Accountable: Term Limits in the United States.’ The hearing examined the use of term limits as an avenue to break the cycle of career politicians and encourage accountability in Congress.”

In January, Cruz along with Sens. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) reintroduced an amendment to limit the terms of those serving in Congress – senators to two six-year terms and representatives to three two-year terms.

In reintroducing the amendment, five of the six senators spoke on their case for backing the proposed legislation.

Senator Cruz said:

“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. 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. 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.”

Sen. Scott said: “Washington is more dysfunctional than ever, and I’m fighting every day to make reforms in the best interest of American families. Career politicians are never going to make the tough choices needed to get our nation on a successful path. They care more about politics and their next election than the future of this country. That has to end now. We need to reimagine government and term limits are the right place to start.”

Sen. Young stated: Washington needs more problem solvers, fewer politicians. Placing term limits on the federal legislative branch will bring fresh perspectives to Congress and ensure that our nation’s leaders are in touch with the lives, needs, and aspirations of the people they represent.”

Sen. Braun said: “If there is one change that would immediately make Washington work more for Americans and less for the swamp, it’s term limits. I’m proud to have signed a term limit pledge for myself and to support this constitutional amendment to break up the farm system of politics and take on the dysfunction in D.C.”

Sen. Toomey stated: “I have long been a supporter of congressional term limits, which would infuse Congress with real-world experience, perspectives, and sensibilities. Term limits also have the added benefit of being supported by supermajorities of Republicans and Democrats. As Benjamin Franklin put it, ‘In free governments, the rulers are the servants, and the people their superiors…. For the former to return among the latter does not degrade, but promote them.’”

Many Americans have long wanted term limits placed on senators and representatives, but not many elected officials have stepped up to the plate to make it happen. It’s unlikely a two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate and a ratification by three-fourths of the States to pass the constitutional amendment would happen in a Washington, DC full of swap creatures that magically get rich having a career there, but one can only dream.