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.
“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.”