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S.J.Res.2 - Resolution to amend the Constitution of the U.S. limiting Representatives terms.

Congress man and Senator Ted Cruz.

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to limiting the number of terms that a Member of Congress may serve. This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution to impose term limits on Congress.



You might favor this bill if:
►  You believe that Congressional membership should be viewed as a civil duty not a lifelong career, having a rotation of elected representatives is vital for the long-term health of the country. There has been a long history of Representatives looking out for their party and donors rather than their constituency's interests.

You might oppose this bill if:
►  You believe that, not only does having term limits can make our congress less effective, it takes power away from voters. Voter choices should never be restricted; barring a candidate from being on the ballot because they keep getting elected will kick out effective lawmakers and do little to minimize corruption.


S.J.Res.2 is a resolution in the Senate which proposes an amendment to the Constitution which would limit the terms of Congress members. Representatives in the House would be limited to three terms, for a total of six years. Senators would be limited to two terms, for a total of twelve years. Term limits wouldn’t apply retroactively, so sitting Congress members would start with a fresh slate after the amendment is enacted.

As a joint resolution that proposes a constitutional amendment, the president’s signature wouldn’t be required for this resolution to pass. Rather, at least three-fourths of the states, currently 38 states, would need to ratify the amendment for it to take effect. At a state level, 15 states have instituted term limits.

Supporters of term limits believe the constant rotation of Representatives in Congress would stimulate fresh ideas, lower cronyism, and end the reigns of incumbent politicians. Long term politicians develop a loyalty to their parties, agencies, or committees, which can lead to corruption. Multiple and different choices for voters can lead to more competitive elections.

Those who oppose them argue that, ultimately, exercising term limits would take power away from voters. Any candidate who is prevented from being elected is a choice that voters will not have. Effective Representatives would be ultimately kicked out after serving their terms and not allowed to run again, consequently suppressing voter rights. When crafting policy, lawmakers benefit from the experience of sitting in a committee for multiple terms. Having no long term lawmakers means Congress members would need assistance when crafting laws since they could lack the policy expertise, allowing special interests to influence lawmakers more than they already do.



“D.C. is broken,” said sponsor of the resolution Sen. Ted Cruz. “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.”


President Trump, back in 2016 while campaigning, called for term limits in Congress as a way to "drain the swamp."



"I recently had a terrific meeting with a bipartisan group of freshman lawmakers who feel very strongly in favor of Congressional term limits," wrote President Trump in Twitter. "I gave them my full support and endorsement for their efforts. #DrainTheSwamp"


“If I'm elected president I will push for a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress. They've been talking about that for years,” said Trump in a speech in 2016. “Decades of failure in Washington and decades of special interest dealing must and will come to an end.”


S.1615

Sponsored by: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX].

Cosponsored by: 14 Rep / 0 Dem.

See list of cosponsors.


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