USTL - Congressional Term Limits Constitutional Amendment Praised

U.S. Term Limits commends Senator DeMint for sponsoring

April 15, 2011, Fairfax, VA—U.S. Term Limits President Philip Blumel praised Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) and 10 Senate Republican cosponsors for introducing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution which would set term limits on members of Congress.

The Constitutional Amendment would allow members of the House of Representatives to serve a maximum of three terms of two years, and Senators would be limited to two terms of six years each.

"The waves of change that have hit Washington, DC over the past couple of election cycles would be meaningful if those who lead Congress and its committees weren't standard political insiders with little connection remaining to those who they were elected to serve.  Today, Senator DeMint and 10 Senate Republicans have taken a bold step to change the culture of corruption and entitlement in our nation's capitol."

78 percent of Americans support congressional term limits according to a September 2010 FoxNews Public Opinion Dynamics poll of registered voters.  Enjoying overwhelming bi-partisan support, 74 percent of Democrats polled favored term limits with 84 percent of Republicans indicating support. 

The poll showed that support has jumped by 8 percent from the last nationwide poll conducted by the same firm in March 2009 poll registered that 70 percent of Americans supported congressional term limits.

"The myth that professional legislators are needed to deal with the complexity of government today is exposed by the $14.3 trillion national debt hole that has been created by the very professional politicians who make this argument.  We can no longer afford career politicians who defer tough decisions to commissions and other non-elected bodies.  Limiting terms will allow citizen legislators to come to Washington, DC, fix the problems and then go home to resume their lives, instead of becoming encamped in the cloistered world inside the DC Beltway," Blumel concluded.

Passage of the Constitutional Amendment requires a two-thirds vote of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives followed by passage in 37 states.  It is anticipated that a companion bill will be introduced in the House of Representatives.