President-elect Donald Trump talked about term limits for Congress during his campaign. We remember all that. As The Federalist Papers Project reports, now Sen. Ted Cruz said that he is introducing a constitutional amendment that will provide this.
The Washington Examiner reported:
Cruz, along with Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., made the announcement in an op-ed in the Washington Post, and said their plan is a great way to implement President-elect Trump’s plan to “drain the swamp.” The proposal would limit members of the Senate to two terms, while members of the House would be limited to three terms in office.
“On Election Day, the American people made a resounding call to ‘drain the swamp’ that is modern Washington. Yet on Capitol Hill, we seem mired in the same cycle of complacency,” Cruz and DeSantis said.
“The game hasn’t changed, and the players remain the same. Thankfully, there’s a solution available that, while stymied by the permanent political class, enjoys broad public support.”
“Passing term limits will demonstrate that Congress has actually heard the voice of the people,” the op-ed added.
“We believe that the rise of political careerism in modern Washington is a drastic departure from what the founders intended of our federal governing bodies. To effectively ‘drain the swamp,’ we believe it is past time to enact term limits for Congress.”
Cruz and DeSantis say that the imposition of term limits can “change the calculus” for the Congress. They both recommended a bust in the “permanent political class” in Washington D.C.
This announcement happened in the time when Trump promised to “drain the swamp.”
Here’s what the Washington Times wrote back in October:
Early this week, he [Trump] declared it was past time to “drain the swamp” that is Washington, D.C., and announced that in addition to lobbying reform, he would use the bully pulpit of the presidency to push for a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on members of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. In doing so, he may have come across the issue that can put him in the White House.
US Government needs some major changes, and we’re glad to see great minds sharing their ideas. Do you think it will work? Well, it’s definitely better to do things rather than sitting, and waiting for things to happen. Right?