US Senator Ted Cruz has just introduced a constitutional amendment seeking to set term limits for Senators and members of the House. This is a good idea. A President is limited to two terms in office; members of the legislative branch should also have similar restrictions.
No politician has so many new ideas that they cannot be implemented in two or three terms. New lawmakers will bring fresh ideas and thus offer a better chance of breaking partisan logjams. Besides, political experience is not worthy if it becomes too entrenched. The longer lawmakers stick around the more uncompromising their policy stances become, which is not good for any democracy.
Also, lawmakers’ longevity in office usually leads to more corruption. They try to bring more and more pork to their constituents, and become hooked to lobbyists’ money.
[Excerpts of news item first published on the Business Insider website]
Cruz constitutional amendment would allow two terms for Senators and three for members of the House of Representatives
Republican Senator Ted Cruz introduced a constitutional amendment Friday that would restrict Senators to two six-year terms. If it’s passed, it would limit Cruz’s Senate career to its current term.
The amendment would also limit members of the House of Representatives to three two-year terms. It’s co-sponsored by Republican Senators Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, and David Purdue.
Cruz just began his second consecutive term in the United States Senate, after winning reelection in November 2018 over Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke. He’s set to end his term in 2025.
Currently, terms in both houses of Congress are unlimited, although there are limits to the number of terms members of Congress may have on committees. Cruz has been a longtime critic of the Constitution not including term limits. He introduced a similar bill a year ago, according to ABC News.
“For too long, members of Congress have abused their power and ignored the will of the American people,” Cruz told ABC. “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.”
For the amendment to be passed, it would need to be approved by two-thirds of both houses of Congress and then ratified by 38 states. The last constitutional amendment, the 27th, was ratified in 1992.
This item was first published on Business Insider on 4 January 2019