Sen. Cruz Again Champions Congressional Term Limits

For the second time, Senator Ted Cruz along with Representative Francis Rooney have made a proposal to amend the Constitution in favor of setting term limits on members of Congress.

“For too long, members of Congress have abused their power and ignored the will of the American people,” Cruz offered in a news release. “Term limits on members of Congress offer a solution to the brokenness we see in Washington, D.C. It is long past time for Congress to hold itself accountable. I urge my colleagues to submit this constitutional amendment to the states for speedy ratification.”

This will be Cruz’s second attempt to limit terms after an unsuccessful attempt in 2017. 

However he has more support with Senators Marco rubio, Mike Lee, and David Perdue co-sponsoring the joint resolution.

Francis Rooney has been a more active supporter and also commented in the press release saying, “The American people support term limits by an overwhelming margin. I believe that as lawmakers, we should follow the example of our Founding Fathers, Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who refused to consider public service as a career.” He added, “Our history is replete with examples of leaders who served their country for a time and returned to private life, or who went on to serve in a different way.”

The proposal would limit U.S. senators to two six-year terms while members of the U.S. House of Representatives would be restricted to three two-year terms.

An amendment has not been ratified since 1992.