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Published On: Wed, Jan 9th, 2019

Ted Cruz and Francis Rooney introduce Term Limits Amendment: politicians have ‘abused their power’ ‘ignored the will of the American people’

On Thursday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Representative Francis Rooney (R-FL) introduced a joint resolution to amend the U.S. Constitution proposing an amendment which would place term limits on elected officials in the Senate and House.

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The text of S.J.Res.1 reads:

SECTION 1. No person who has served three terms as a Representative shall be eligible for election to the House of Representatives. For purposes of this section, the election of a person to fill a vacancy in the House of Representatives shall be included as one term in determining the number of terms that such person has served as a Representative if the person fills the vacancy for more than one year.

SECTION 2. No person who has served two terms as a Senator shall be eligible for election or appointment to the Senate. For purposes of this section, the election or appointment of a person to fill a vacancy in the Senate shall be included as one term in determining the number of terms that such person has served as a Senator if the person fills the vacancy for more than three years.

SECTION 3. No term beginning before the date of the ratification of this article shall be taken into account in determining eligibility for election or appointment under this article.

The bill, which is co-sponsored by Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), was introduced and “read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary,” according to the official website for the United States Congress.

Cruz issued a statement which said:”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, 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.”

In January 2017, the senator introduced a joint resolution identical to the one he proposed on Thursday, and it was referred to Judiciary Committee.

At the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Cruz said:

“This election was the American people saying, “Enough already with the corruption in Washington.” It’s both parties. It’s Democrats and Republicans who have been here too long, who have become captured by this city … what’s amazing is the support for this, it cuts across, in this polarized time, you get supermajorities of Republicans, of Democrats, of Independents, who all say, “Throw the bums out,” and we ought to listen.

Cruz later added that he wants the American people to “hold us accountable.”

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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