A group of Republican Senators has introduced a bill that would apply term limits to Congress.
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) January 26, 2021
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, along with other Republican Senators, has reintroduced an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would impose term limits on members of Congress.
“Every year, Congress spends billions of dollars on giveaways for the well-connected: Washington insiders get taxpayer money and members of Congress get re-elected, all while the system fails the American people. It’s no wonder that the vast majority of Americans from every political stripe – Republicans, Democrats, and Independents – overwhelmingly support congressional term limits,” said Sen. Cruz.
The amendment would limit U.S. Senators to two six-year terms, and members of the House of Representatives to three two-year terms.
“The rise of political careerism in today’s Congress is a sharp departure from what the Founders intended for our federal governing bodies. I have long called for this solution for the brokenness of Washington, D.C., and I will continue fighting to hold career politicians accountable. As I have done in the past, I urge my colleagues to submit this constitutional amendment to the states for speedy ratification,” Sen. Cruz said.
Ted Cruz also tweeted out this:
Today my colleagues and I reintroduced a constitutional amendment to impose #TermLimits on Members of Congress. The amendment would limit U.S. senators to two six-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to three two-year terms. pic.twitter.com/1izmg5EQ6B
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) January 25, 2021
Now, I know many of you support term limits.
I basically do. There is no question that term limits would be a giant step in draining the swamp.
Red State explained the case for term limits.
However, what Cruz and company have presented to us is something of an insider’s look, and they see that the longer one stays, the more ingrained and D.C.-esque you become. Corruption seeps in despite one’s best efforts and the will to stay in your job begins to outweigh the need to serve the people. You go from doing a job to playing the game.
Indeed, being a politician in D.C. is one of the few jobs in the world where you get worse at it as time goes on, not better.
“But we have term limits in the form of elections,” you may hear as an argument.
John F.M. Kocsis writing for The Harvard Crimson back in 2013 made an excellent case as to why elections may not be the problem solver you think it is:
Anyone who makes this latter argument has either a jejune understanding of political science or, more plausibly, is an elected official himself. Only a starry-eyed tyro to the workings of the world could possibly contend with a straight face that elections currently provide citizens with the unrestrained ability to choose new representatives. After all, the advantage of incumbency is well documented throughout American history. To see it, one need look no further than the past election, when over three-fourths of those in Congress were reelected, despite the body’s 9 percent approval rating—a figure making it less popular than colonoscopies, used car salesmen, and lice. As it turns out, it is a lot easier to run for office when your living expenses are already footed by Uncle Sam.
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