Sen. Cruz announces term-limit proposal to ‘hold career politicians accountable’

Americans have long complained that Washington, D.C., is controlled by out-of-touch career politicos, but one GOP senator is launching an effort to fix that problem.

According to the Washington Examiner, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) shared a tweet including his intention to pursue a constitutional amendment limiting how often federal lawmakers may seek re-election.

“Congress spends billions of dollars on giveaways”

His term-limit proposal would limit senators to 12 years in D.C. and representatives to six years in office.

“Today my colleagues and I reintroduced a constitutional amendment to impose #TermLimits on Members of Congress,” Cruz wrote.

He went on to elaborate, explaining that his proposed 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.”

In a statement on the matter, the Texas Republican argued that “Congress spends billions of dollars on giveaways for the well-connected,” describing a process by which “Washington insiders get taxpayer money and members of Congress get re-elected, all while the system fails the American people.”

As the Examiner noted, Cruz called the “rise of political careerism in today’s Congress” a “sharp departure from what the Founders intended for our federal governing bodies.”

“This solution for the brokenness of Washington, D.C.”

He said that he has “long called for this solution for the brokenness of Washington, D.C.,” vowing to “continue fighting to hold career politicians accountable.”

Of course, any such rule would not apply retroactively, as it states: “No term beginning before the ratification of this article shall be taken into account in determining eligibility for election or appointment under this article.”

A number of other prominent Republicans have also backed previous efforts to impose congressional term limits. Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) has endorsed Cruz’s previous proposals and is similarly in favor of the latest push.

He recently said that “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.”

In 2018, President Donald Trump expressed his support for term limits, tweeting: “I recently had a terrific meeting with a bipartisan group of freshman lawmakers who feel very strongly in favor of Congressional term limits. I gave them my full support and endorsement for their efforts.”

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  1. sounds great. but just one question is that a combined total of 12 years or can you be a rep for 6 and then a senator for 12 for a total of 18 years. I guess even 18 years is better than what we have now.

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  3. It’s about Time these career politicians be gone.Americans are Tired of these politicians going in poor and coming out millionaires.Get this done now .

  4. You have my vote and a little less would bebetter but I will be happy anyway! This was never meant to be a careerand those who have become most destructve are those who who have made it a career.

  5. Senator Paul is 100% correct, thayt to many in the Senate and house have been corrupt by lobbyists and going against our nation’s consitutition to bring in agendas of other countries, breaking their oath of office. They did to go.

  6. Correction on my bad typing. The word I typed Thayt should be That, And the word did should be Need in the last line. Sorry

  7. Thank you for being some of the few honest ones left in office. I have been saying for years why don’t we have term limits. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Matt Gaetz to name a few. God bless you and thank you for your honesty and backbone to stand up to the corrupt and protect the U.S. it’s citizens and our constitution. You will forever have my vote and gratitude.

  8. Way to go Senator Cruz I pray Senator Hawley has joined you in this venture. What your fellow senators are doing to you both is shameful just because you stood up for your rights according to our constitution and Bill of Rights. Keep up the good fight no matter what.

    1. By the way proud of you Senator Cruz & Rep. Jim Jordan & Raund Paul.
      And Miss. Green you go girl get Biden someone needs to make Biden’s Obama’s Clinton’s accountable .
      Also the Lady on in the house speaking out against SCHUMER and all those people.
      McConnell your one of those career policitions that we are talking about!!!!

  9. It’s about time. I’ll vote for term limits. This is a great start. Be forewarned, the swamp will fight Sen. Cruz tooth and nail to squash this.

  10. The only solution to fix this broken system is to have TERM LIMITS on ALL politicians. I would bet that this concept and the legislation that would be required would NEVER be backed by the politicians themselves.

  11. I agree but hate to bust your bubble but term limits will be a up hill battle. Too many congress men and women would not vote for it. They are use to taking money from lobbyists, big business, foreign governments, wealthy people and the American voter. Remember that keep leftover monies from campaign funds and put it in their pockets tax free that is.

  12. Agree term limits would be the most positive step that could be taken to imporve the working of our demoracy.


  14. Not only “term limits” but we must impose age limits to all Government employees and politicians including Congress and the judiciary… Specifically the U.S. Supreme Court…

  15. Well, people, isn’t this just wonderful!! How long have we, the citizens, been asking for this to go for a vote FROM ALL OF US, NOT JUST THE POLITICIANS!!
    We’re seeing our country turned into THE PLANET OF THE APES and it’s only going to get worse and how shouldn’t it??
    Thank you to those in congress who are fed up with the shenanigans of the worst of the worst! It’s high time we the people act like we give a damn what happens to our country, and therefore ourselves!!

  16. This idea has been going around for years, trouble is how are you going to get a politician to vote themselves out of a gravy “job?” like that? Good luck!

  17. I think the founding fathers thought we had enough sense to vote the scum out but looks like they were wrong.

  18. Thank you Ted…………However, you can bet that CRUELLA will find a way to make sure that those cajone-less politicians get brain washed AGAIN.

  19. TERM limits ,it`s about time ,MCConnell 37 years ,millionaire, Pelosi 37 years millionaire, Schumer 30+ years millionaire, JOE BIDEN 47years BILLIONAIRE , DO you see anything wrong with this picture?

    1. Great idea but we’re talking about little Dictators, elite, power hungry people having to vote themselves out of their little Kingdoms. I’d be for working towards it for sure. Could we try prosecuting people like the corrupt ones like Biden & Hillary who got rich off their jobs for a start? Yeah, that has been going on so long it sounds funny, don’t it? Actually prosecute a corrupt Democrat, like say somebody who’s Son was used to funnel money back to him? Yeah, that guy, the mumbler who signs papers he never read or understood if he tried.

  20. I am more than thrilled to see term limits introduced,
    but I think this will be a hard sell to politicians who want to stay 30 or 40 years.

  21. Long over due
    All politicians and federal governments employees should have

    Term limits
    Age limits
    Publish tax returns annually
    Publish how these pimps have served the public and limited the lobbyist

    To disinfect government and curb corruption/burscracy

  22. Amen Senator Cruz! But this needs to be at the state level as well, and not only term limits, there should be age limits as well, and it should be retroactive. There is no way someone like pelosi and some of the other old people should be still in office! They are way too old, they should be told to retire, if they refuse, force them out! They have had more than ample time in office, they have their millions, time to be gone!!

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