Feb. 1, 2012, Fairfax, VA—U.S. Senator Jim DeMint is moving to attach a "Sense of the Senate" amendment to gauge support for term limits with a vote possible in the next two days.
Commenting on the DeMint effort, U.S. Term Limits President Phil Blumel said, "Senator DeMint is taking an important first step toward moving the term limits issue to center stage in the congressional debate. At a time when Congress is suffering from near single digit approval ratings, the time has never been more right to pass a term limits constitutional amendment."
The amendment is being offered to the STOCK legislation, which is designed to deal with recent scandals involving Members of Congress using insider information.
Blumel found it significant that DeMint and Vitter are seeking to get a vote on the concept of term limits on legislation attempting to rein in congressional corruption saying, "The heart of corruption in Congress is the sense of entitlement that individual members feel. Passing a Constitutional Amendment limiting Senators to two terms in office and Members of the House of
Representatives to three terms would cut through the corrupt culture that permeates Washington, D.C."
DeMint is the author of a Constitutional Amendment (SJR 11) to limit congressional terms which has ten co-sponsors.
The "Sense of the Senate" amendment may be voted upon as early as today.