Once again, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is taking aim at the political bureaucracy, proposing an amendment to the Constitution that would impose term limits on how long members of Congress can serve.
The amendment released Monday, Jan. 25. by Cruz would limit senators to two six-year terms and House members to three two-year terms.
“The rise of political careerism in today’s Congress is a sharp departure from what the Founders intended for our federal governing bodies. I have long called for this solution for the brokenness of Washington, D.C., and I will continue fighting to hold career politicians accountable. As I have done in the past, I urge my colleagues to submit this constitutional amendment to the states for speedy ratification,” Cruz said.
Cruz has fought vigorously for term limits in Congress, arguing of the existence of entrenched politicians who stop being productive in their jobs and lose sight of their real and concrete objectives for what they are there for.
Cruz’s idea is primarily to generate term limits, in the hope that it will be a solution to provide more oversight and accountability for those whose turn it is to fill those seats.
“Every year, Congress spends billions of dollars on giveaways for the well-connected: Washington insiders get taxpayer money and members of Congress get re-elected, all while the system fails the American people,” he said.
Other senators joining Cruz on the bill, such as Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) noted, “Career politicians are never going to make the tough choices needed to get our nation on a successful path. They care more about politics and their next election than the future of this country. That has to end now. We need to reimagine government and term limits are the right place to start.”
This is the third time that Cruz has introduced a constitutional amendment to impose term limits. In 2017, Cruz and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) introduced a similar amendment. Then, in 2019, Cruz and Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.), also evaluated the issue.
In 2016, Cruz and DeSantis argued in an op-ed published in The Washington Post that term limits were necessary to “drain the swamp.” The two lawmakers argued that while America’s founding fathers did not include term limits in the Constitution, they had warned about the creation of a “permanent political class” that becomes “entangled in American society.”