For generations citizens have complained about the congressional stalemate that keeps any real change or improvement from getting completed in Washington, DC.
No matter if Republicans or Democrats control Congress and the presidency, they offset each other to the point nothing moves forward. Much of the problem centers around elected officials spending too long in office and only doing things that will help them get reelected.
Citizens want lawmakers to construct helpful laws and not spend lifetimes as politicians never accomplishing anything meaningful. People constantly ask, “What would happen if Congress actually did something?”
President-elect Donald Trump called for term limits and now several lawmakers plan to rally support that will change how Congress functions. The plan has congressional leaders looking over their shoulders.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., are pushing for an amendment to the Constitution to place term limits on lawmakers, arguing the move will help overhaul Washington.
“The American people resoundingly agreed on Election Day, and President-elect Donald Trump has committed to putting government back to work for the American people,” Cruz said in a statement on Tuesday. “It is well past time to put an end to the cronyism and deceit that has transformed Washington into a graveyard of good intentions.”
The amendment proposed by the GOP lawmakers states House members would be allowed to serve three two-year terms and senators would be able to serve two six-year terms.
DeSantis stated the measure would be a “first step toward reforming Capitol Hill.”
GOP Sens. Deb Fischer (Neb.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Thom Tillis (N.C.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Mike Lee (Utah) and David Perdue (Ga.) are backing the proposal. Cruz and DeSantis previously pledged in a Washington Post op-ed to introduce the measure this year.
The measure likely faces an uphill battle in Congress despite support from Trump.
Neither House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who has said he supports term limits, nor Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has signaled it could come up for a vote.
McConnell appeared to shut down Trump’s push after the election, telling reporters, “We have term limits – they’re called elections.”
Congress is only the first hurdle for the Cruz-DeSantis proposal. It would also need to be ratified by three-fourths of state legislatures before going into effect.
Any measure that gets Congress focused on the will of the people is a good thing.
For too long lawmakers focused on their own careers and not what’s best for the country. Without any hope of an extended career, they can work toward getting things done for the country.
Source: The Hill