Too many in Washington display a ruling class mentality and congressional term limits would go a long way towards restoring the citizen-legislator ethos of the Founding Fathers. Americans of all political background overwhelmingly support term limits, yet term limits have floundered in Congress. For that reason, I introduced a resolution that phases in congressional term limits, which reconciles the self-interest of members of Congress with the public’s desire to see these changes enacted. I agree that it would be better to apply the limits immediately to all members; with that said, a gradual approach makes the likelihood of getting the requisite two-thirds votes in each house of Congress much higher.
If adopted, under my term limits amendment, members of the House could serve no more than three terms and Senators no more than two. This is a vital reform that will encourage turnover in Washington and hold Congress accountable to the American people.
I penned an op-ed for the Daily Signal outlining why I believe that my term limit proposal will have greater success than previous proposals. I encourage you to read it by clicking here.
Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) has a new idea to impose term limits on members of Congress that he hopes will actually allow members to vote on the proposal, even if they want to stay in office forever. DeSantis on Tuesday introduced a resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution that would limit people to three terms in the House, and just two in the Senate. Term limits is a reasonably popular idea, but according to DeSantis, the trouble has always been getting members who never want to leave to vote for the change. His way around that is to allow any current member of Congress hold their seats as long as they can. Then, when they finally retire, pass away or lose an election, the incoming member would be term-limited.