Sen. Ted Cruz proposes amendment to impose congressional term limits

by Peter Heck · Jan 25th, 2021 7:39 pm

Last Updated Jan 26th, 2021 at 4:41 pm

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has reintroduced his amendment to impose term limits on members of the U.S. Congress. Cruz offered the same proposal in 2019.

"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," Cruz said. "It's no wonder that the vast majority of Americans from every political stripe – Republicans, Democrats, and Independents – overwhelmingly support congressional term limits."

The Texas senator introduced the amendment to curb a "political careerism" that Cruz said represents a "sharp departure" from the model of citizen legislator that the Founding Fathers intended.

If adopted, the Cruz amendment would limit senators to two six-year terms and representatives to three two-year terms.

"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 said.

Cruz's proposal was joined by Mike Braun (R-IN), Todd Young (R-IN), Rick Scott (R-FL), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Pat Toomey (R-PA).


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