Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has introduced a new bill that he believes could help fight corruption in the American government.
Cruz and Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) proposed an amendment that would impose 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 said in a statement. “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 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. It's long past time for Congress to hold itself accountable: https://t.co/DKJajisM9Z
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 4, 2019
The new amendment would put a limit of two six-year terms on senators and three two-year terms on representatives. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and David Perdue (R-Ga.) cosponsored the bill that was introduced on Thursday.
“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,” Rooney said. “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 proposed amendment must get approval from two-thirds of both chambers of Congress and then ratified by at least 38 states in order to be passed.