Article by Bryan Howard
January 5, 2019
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Representative Francis Rooney (R-FL) jointly introduced a Bill to create term limits for the Senate and House of Representatives on Thursday. The Bill was co-sponsored by Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL),
Ted Cruz released a statement about the Bill,
For too long, members of Congress have abused their power and ignored the will of the American people. 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.
The Bill S.J.Res.1 reads:
SECTION 1. No person who has served three terms as a Representative shall be eligible for election to the House of Representatives. For purposes of this section, the election of a person to fill a vacancy in the House of Representatives shall be included as one term in determining the number of terms that such person has served as a Representative if the person fills the vacancy for more than one year.
SECTION 2. No person who has served two terms as a Senator shall be eligible for election or appointment to the Senate. For purposes of this section, the election or appointment of a person to fill a vacancy in the Senate shall be included as one term in determining the number of terms that such person has served as a Senator if the person fills the vacancy for more than three years.
SECTION 3. No term beginning before the date of the ratification of this article shall be taken into account in determining eligibility for election or appointment under this article.
It is unclear how the Bill will be received when a vote is taken by both Republicans and Democrats. Both sides have people that support and oppose the idea, but if it does pass it will change the landscape of how the House and Senate function when it comes to aggressively attacking agenda’s.