Following through on their announcement last month, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., teamed up with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to introduce a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution imposing congressional term limits.
The proposed amendment limits members of the U.S. House to three two-year terms and members of the U.S. Senate to two six-year terms.
“D.C. is broken,” Cruz said on Tuesday as he brought out the proposal. “The American people resoundingly agreed on Election Day, and President-elect Donald Trump has committed to putting government back to work for the American people. It is well past time to put an end to the cronyism and deceit that has transformed Washington into a graveyard of good intentions.”
“The time is now for Congress, with the overwhelming support of the American people, to submit this constitutional amendment to the states for speedy ratification,” Cruz added. “With control of a decisive majority of the states, the House of Representatives, and the Senate, we have a responsibility to answer the voters’ call-to-action. We must deliver.”
“Term limits are the first step towards reforming Capitol Hill,” said DeSantis. “Eliminating the political elite and infusing Washington with new blood will restore the citizen legislature that our Founding Fathers envisioned. The American people have called for increased accountability and we must deliver. Senator Cruz has been instrumental in efforts to hold Congress accountable, and I look forward to working with him to implement term limits.”
The proposal has the support of U.S. Term Limits.
“President Trump, Speaker Ryan and huge majorities of the American people are demanding term limits,” said U.S. Term Limits President Philip Blumel. “Congress must listen and pass the Cruz-DeSantis amendment immediately."
Among the co-sponsors in the Senate was U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
For more than twenty years, some Republicans have attempted to bring a congressional term limits through Congress. Back in 1995, then U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum, R-Fla., led the charge for a similar amendment but he wasn’t able to get it across the finish line.
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