Senator Ted Cruz and GOP colleagues have reintroduced a constitutional amendment imposing congressional term limits.
On January 25, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx), 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 the US Constitution that would impose term limits on the members of the United States Senate, as well as members of the United States House of Representatives. If enacted, this amendment would limit US Senators to serve two six-year terms and limit members of the US House of Representatives to serve three two-year terms.
This is not the first time Sen. Ted Cruz and fellow GOP Senators have pushed for this amendment. This amendment has been proposed by Sen. Cruz and fellow Senators in 2017, as well as 2019. Sen. Cruz and his colleagues have been pushing to enact term limits as no limits are currently in place, allowing for the same members to get reelected for decades.
Sen. Cruz stated, “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.” As stated by Sen. Cruz, term limits would allow new faces into congress which would help bring in new ideas and new perspectives in order to benefit the American people. As Sen. Cruz believes that the current system “fails the American people.”
In order to enact this bill, it must be passed by a two-thirds majority in both the House, and the Senate. If this occurs, three-fourths of the states (38/50) would need to ratify the amendment before it can go into effect. Sen. Cruz also states, “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. Cruz feels that ratification of this amendment is a constitutional solution for the “brokenness of Washington, D.C.” as he had stated.
This bill, if ratified, would impose term limits on members of the House and Senate, which brings new faces into Congress and allows for a wider range of opinions and views on the floors of both the House and the Senate, as mentioned by many notable people. Sen. Young states, “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.” As seen, it is highly believed that term limits will benefit the United States as a whole in assuring that our lawmakers are in touch with the people they represent. This bill is vastly supported by not only GOP lawmakers, but by Democrats and Independents as well. Until this bill is put up to vote, little is known on whether it will be passed.
ARTICLE: MICHAEL GODZIC
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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