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Wednesday
May092012

U.S. Term Limits celebrates Mourdock win over Lugar in Indiana

May 8, 2012, Fairfax, VA—U.S. Term Limits celebrated the victory of former Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock over 35 year incumbent Richard Lugar in today's Republican Party primary.

Philip Blumel, President of U.S. Term Limits, called the victory, "a great victory for term limits."

Mourdock's insurgent campaign focused upon sharp ideological differences between the candidates including Mourdock signing the US Term Limits Pledge, in which he promised, if elected, to cosponsor and vote for an amendment imposing Congressional term limits.

Mourdock says he intends to cosponsor Senator DeMint's SJR 11, which Lugar opposes.

"Lugar's long tenure, where he failed to even maintain a residence in the state he was supposed to represent, shows how far out of touch our national leaders can get, making Dick Lugar the poster child for why congressional term limits are needed.  It is no surprise that Mourdock had an endorsement from Term Limits America PAC," Blumel noted.

According to the last nationwide poll on term limits conducted by Public Opinion Dynamics for Fox News in September 2010, the issue enjoys wide bi-partisan support. The poll showed that 78 percent of Americans support congressional term limits, including 74 percent of independents and 74 percent of the nation's Democrats.

Blumel concluded, "America is in trouble. Career politicians like Richard Lugar have let the people down. Even more importantly, it sends a powerful signal to the entrenched establishment in both political parties that it is time to send the term limits constitutional amendment to the states for ratification."

The term limits amendment bill would require a two-thirds majority vote in the House and Senate, and ratification by 38 states in order to become part of the Constitution.  The U.S. Term Limits Constitutional Amendment Pledge has signatures from 167 congressional candidates this election cycle.  It states that all signers will co-sponsor and vote for any bill which calls for a limit of three U.S. House terms and two U.S. Senate terms.  For more information on the pledge, including a list of signers, please visit www.ustermlimitsamendment.org . 

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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 info@ustl.org

Tuesday
Feb282012

U.S. Term Limits Commemorates Anniversary of Presidential Term Limits

Feb. 27, 2012, Fairfax, VA—U.S. Term Limits President Philip Blumel hailed the 61st anniversary of the passage of presidential term limits today, releasing the following statement:

"61 years ago, the state of Minnesota became the 36th out of the then 48 states to ratify the 22nd amendment to the United States Constitution, which limited Presidents to two 4-year terms.

"This historic event actually reconfirmed almost 150 years of precedent set when President George Washington refused to run for a third term in office.

"Now, our nation faces another crisis, where an entrenched political class in Congress continues to increase our national debt by more than a trillion dollars every year with no end in sight. 

In commemoration of the anniversary of the ratification of the 22nd Amendment, it is time for Congress to send the congressional term limits constitutional amendment to the states for consideration. 

"If term limits were good enough for George Washington and every subsequent president except one, they are good enough for members of Congress."

U.S. Term Limits supports constitutional amendments introduced by Senator Jim DeMint (SJR 11) and Representative David Schweikert (HJR 71) which limit Senate terms of office to two 6-year terms and the House of Representatives to three 2-year terms.

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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

info@ustl.org

Thursday
Feb022012

U.S. Term Limits Praises Senator DeMint effort to bring term limits to Senate floor 

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.

Saturday
Apr162011

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.

Thursday
Dec232010

USTL praises House Republican Leader Boehner for Restoring Committee Chairman Limits

 

Fairfax, VA, December 22nd, 2010—U.S. Term Limits President Philip Blumel today praised House Republican Leader John Boehner for restoring House rules limiting the number of year a member of Congress can serve as the chairman of a committee.

"Speaker-elect Boehner is clearly listening to the American people, who don't want congressional committee chairmen to become institutions unto themselves.  Boehner deserves the thanks of all Americans," Blumel said. 

"Committee chairmen term limits will allow new blood to take leadership spots, and bring fresh ideas to key committees," Blumel added.

Under the new proposed rules, members will be limited to three two-year terms as committee chairmen.  This rule had existed under the previous Republican majority, but was eliminated when Democrats took control of the majority in 2007.

U.S. Term Limits is a leading citizen organization working toward the passage of legislative term limits around the country.  In October Blumel had written to Boehner on the issue of committee term limits: "I am writing to urge you in the strongest terms possible to reinstate the rule mandating term limits for chairmen of committees of the House."

The letter reminded House Republican Leader Boehner that in 1995 one of the first acts by the first Republican-controlled House of Representatives was to establish term limits for committee chairs.   "This had a very positive impact on the operations of the House," Blumel wrote.

"Beyond reducing the corrosive power of seniority, the term limits rule encouraged scores of younger members to take a more active role in shaping policy by offering the opportunity," the letter continued.

Blumel called on lawmakers to go a step further and support a Constitutional amendment establishing term limits for all members of Congress. U.S. Term Limits supports an amendment proposed by Senator Jim DeMint to limit members of the House to three two-year terms, and members of the Senate to two six-year terms.

"The American people want citizen legislators, not career politicians who sit in office for a lifetime.  It's time to amend the constitution to limit the amount of time that can be served, and return the government to the people," Blumel concluded.