October 4th, Fairfax, VA—U.S. Term Limits announced today that U.S. Senator Tom Coburn was the first member of Congress to sign a pledge to support an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which, if passed, would limit House members to three consecutive two year terms in office and Senators to two consecutive six year terms.
Philip Blumel, President of U.S. Term Limits praised Coburn's leadership stating, "Senator Coburn has consistently demonstrated that he remains firmly in touch as a citizen legislator, and his early commitment to limiting congressional terms is the first step in the long process of amending the Constitution."
Coburn is a sponsor of the Constitutional amendment in the Senate. Passage of a constitutional amendment requires a two thirds majority in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, as well as ratification by three fourths of the states.
Supporters believe that Congressional passage is the toughest hurdle for the amendment, as term limits have proven to be very popular at the state level with 36 states currently having some form of term limits in place. This state level strength is likely to help the term limits constitutional amendment overcome the ratification hurdle which has been the traditional graveyard for many other amendments.
When passed, the proposed Constitutional amendment would start the term limit clock with every person, incumbent or not, being treated as if he or she were running for the first time.
The pledges were sent to every major party candidate for Congress nationwide, and the text of the pledge is available at http://www.ustermlimitsamendment.org .
A recent FOX News poll showed that American voters favor term limits for Congress by a staggering 78 percent – 16 percent with overwhelming support from both Democratic and Republican voters.
Blumel anticipates that term limits will become the law of the land sooner than later concluding, "While the process seems difficult, Americans are demanding a Constitutional check on the institutional power of lifetime legislators, and a return to a citizen legislature.
This constitutional amendment's time has come, and we will be working hard to see that it gets a fair hearing in the upcoming Congress.
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