"With Congressional term limits, Washington could be cleaned up
with new generations of politicians who are closer to the people.
They will spend less time getting re-elected and more time attending
to the work of the American people."—Philip Blumel, President of U.S. Term Limits.
November 11th, 2009, Fairfax, VA—U.S. Term Limits President Philip Blumel today praised Senator Jim DeMint's proposed amendment to the Constitution imposing 6-year and 12-year terms on Representatives and Senators as "an historic opportunity to bring an end to an era of oppressive political oligarchy that threatens the very fabric of representative government."
Blumel urged Americans nationwide to support what he said was a "non-partisan, widely popular proposal." He said the term limits amendment "would bring an end to the aura of insularity that prevails in Washington today, ushering in a new era of citizen legislators."
According to DeMint's proposed amendment, which is cosponsored by Senators Tom Coburn, Kay Bailey Hutchinson and Sam Brownback, U.S. Representatives would be limited to three, two-year terms, and Senators two, six-year terms.
Said DeMint, "Term limits will increase legislative turnover, expand the field of candidates who run for office, and instill transparency and accountability in our public officials," saying that the power of incumbency had created "an almost insurmountable advantage for Washington politicians."
Blumel agreed, pointing out that, according to the Globe and Mail, the incumbency advantage for Representatives running for re-election is 96 percent. For Senators, 88 percent. "Barring death, indictment or the rare retirement, the incumbent reelection rate approaches 100 percent," Blumel said.
"The Constitution is needed to rein in the powers of members of Congress, and the perfect place to start is term limits," Blumel added.
"Today, the U.S. has the longest serving members in Congress in its history. And as a result of these out-of-touch career politicians, the fiscal house is on the brink of ruin," said Blumel, "The national debt has never been larger nor the electorate more discontented with Congress."
A recent Pulse Opinion Research poll that found that 83 percent of likely voters believe that elected officials should have their terms of office limited, including 86 percent of Republicans, 77 percent of Democrats, and 87 percent of Independents.
"Support for term limits is at an all-time high. And it's no wonder. There is no accountability," Blumel explained. "The reason the nation is faced with such irresponsible politicians is because the ballot box has become increasingly ineffective at getting rid of incumbents in gerrymandered-Congressional districts."
"But with Congressional term limits, Washington could be cleaned up with new generations of politicians who are closer to the people. They will spend less time getting re-elected and more time attending to the work of the American people. Therefore, all Americans and every member of Congress should support amending the Constitution to include term limits for members of Congress," Blumel concluded.
U.S Term Limits is a non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organization that works to promote term limits at all levels of government. For more information or to arrange an interview, please call Ray Wotring at 703-383-0907. U.S. Term Limits is a nonprofit501 (c) (4). It is located at 9900 Main Street, Suite 303 Fairfax, VA 22031 firstname.lastname@example.org.