Ought there to be term limits for members of Congress? One U.S. senator thinks so.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced on Monday that he is reintroducing a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress.
The amendment would limit the number of terms that an individual can serve in the House of Representatives to three two-year terms and it would limit the number of terms that an individual can serve in the Senate to two six-year terms.
“It’s long past time for congressional #TermLimits,” Cruz tweeted.
Cruz on Monday, in addition to reintroducing the bill, made the case for 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,” Cruz said.
He continued: “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.”
Cruz concluded that term limits are a “solution for the brokenness of Washington, D.C.”
A potential flaw
The idea of term limits, as Cruz noted, does seem to be gaining popularity, with many Americans becoming fed up with career politicians.
Some worry, however, that term limits, instead of solving the problem, would only lead to a situation in which there is an incentive for members of Congress to position themselves for post-Congress lobbying positions. Cruz, himself, agrees and thus would like to see a lobbying ban for ex-members of Congress in addition to term limits.
Will it be passed?
Probably not. Constitutional amendments are difficult to pass in and of themselves. But, the problem here is that it would require the support of some of the very people that Cruz is trying to do away with: career politicians.
Cruz, as has been stated, is reintroducing this constitutional amendment. He has already tried to get it passed on several occasions, including in 2017 and 2019, but to no avail. This time, Cruz was joined by Sen. Mike Braum (R-IN), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Todd Young (R-IN), and Rick Scott (R-FL).