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Sen. Cruz: ‘Term Limits on Members of Congress Offer a Solution to the Brokenness We See in Washington’

Press coverage of Sen. Cruz’s congressional term limits amendment

January 5, 2019

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) this week introduced an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to limit U.S. senators to two six-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to three two-year terms. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), David Perdue (R-Ga.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) joined Sen. Cruz in co-sponsoring this amendment.

The full amendment may be viewed here.

Several news outlets covered Sen. Cruz’s amendment. Selected news coverage is below:

Spectrum News Austin (VIDEO): Cruz, Rooney Push for Term Limits in Congress
“Senator Ted Cruz and Florida Representative Francis Rooney are teaming up on a new amendment imposing term limits on Capitol Hill. The two Republican lawmakers want to limit senators to two six-year terms and House members to three two-year terms. Cruz says members of Congress have abused their power and term limits could change that.”

CNN: GOP Sen. Cruz, Rep. Rooney introduce constitutional amendment to impose term limits on Congress
“Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Republican Rep. Francis Rooney proposed a Constitutional amendment on Thursday that would impose term limits on members of both houses of Congress. The amendment, co-sponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and David Perdue (R-Ga.), would restrict senators to two six-year terms and House members to three two-year terms. A similar amendment was proposed by Cruz in January of 2017. ‘For too long, members of Congress have abused their power and ignored the will of the American people,’ Cruz said. ‘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.’”

KTAB Abilene (VIDEO): Sen. Cruz Calls for Term Limits on Members of Congress
“U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has filed a proposal for a new amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Texas republican now calling for term limits for members of Congress. The Constitution currently does not have a limit on the number of terms for either the House or the Senate. And Florida Republican Francis is sponsoring the term limit bill in the House of Representatives. It would limit members of the senate to two terms of six years. Members of the House could be elected to no [more than] three terms of two years. Cruz says that term limits would reduce the abuse of power for members of Congress.” 

Breitbart: Ted Cruz introduces Constitutional amendment for term limits in Congress
“Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rep. Francis Rooney of Florida — introduced a Constitutional amendment Thursday that limits terms in both chambers. Senators would be held to two six-year terms and House members to three two-year terms, according to the joint resolution. […] The Texas senator proposed a similar amendment in January 2017. Three other Republican senators, Marco Rubio of Florida, Mike Lee of Utah and David Perdue of Georgia, co-sponsored the amendment. For amendment to be enacted, it needs to be approved by both chambers of Congress by two-thirds as well as three quarters of state legislatures or conventions. The 27th amendment is the most recent one, passed in 1992, that any law that increases or decreases the salary of members of Congress from taking effect until the start of the next set of terms of office for representatives.”

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