Congress has scored another supporter of term limits in the US House of Representatives. Representative elect Gabe Amo, a democrat and former senior advisor to the Biden administration, emerged victorious in Rhode Island’s first congressional district special election on November 7th. US Term Limits now has 135 pledge signers, 135 from both sides of the aisle currently in Congress. Hi, I’m Holly Robichaud, and this is breaking news on term limits.
Gabe Amo’s victory in a crowded field, created by an open seat, is proof that term limits are popular with voters. This past week, an additional seven Congressional candidates sign the US Term Limits Pledge. The pledge states, if elected, they will co-sponsor the US Term Limits Amendment. Among those signing was North Carolina’s Speaker, Tim Moore, one of our leading candidates for North Carolina’s 14th district. As Speaker, Moore earned a Champion of Term Limits Designation as he led the North Carolina House in passing our bipartisan resolution calling for term limits on Congress. The North Carolina resolution is currently pending before the State Senate, where we have 26 sponsors on the bill. That’s right, 26, that’s more than half the chamber. So the question is, will North Carolina or perhaps Tennessee, be the next state to put Congress on notice by passing the term limits convention resolution? We’ll see.
As mentioned at the top of the show, Congress has a new supporter of term limits, with representative elect Gabe Amo in the house now. He defeated 10 candidates in the primary and won the general election. Amo signed the term limits pledge back in June, and is the first elected House member from Rhode Island to a promise to support term limits. To thank Amo for his commitment, US Term Limits has sponsored billboards in his district. We’re really pleased he got elected.
Our US Term Limits pledge program doesn’t require a self-limit on individuals that wouldn’t get to the root of the problem, which is career politicians. Our goal is to limit the terms of all members of Congress as an institution and put the seniority system to rest. That can’t happen if only term limits supporters step down. The term limits movement is not about any one person, it is necessary electoral reform that must apply to everyone across the board.
29 state legislative candidates who signed the US Term Limits Pledge were elected to office in last week’s general election. That’s right, 29. These results show why we are seeing record number of candidates signing US Term Limits Pledge. All eyes are on Louisiana, with their races coming up on Saturday, November 18th. We have 20 pledge signers in the general election, but we have a whopping 50, that’s right, 50 already elected in either the jungle primary or who won unopposed and will be state lawmakers in 2024.
We have more good news coming out of the House. The newly appointed Speaker, Mike Johnson is a strong advocate for terms limits. Not only did he sign the US Term Limits Pledge, but he co-sponsored and voted in favor of House joint resolution 11 while on the Judiciary Committee. We hope Speaker Johnson will continue to be a champion for congressional term limits.
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Now it’s time for the corrupt politician of the week. This week, North Carolina’s longest serving Republican representative, Virginia Fox, makes our list. Fox has been in the House since 2005, that’s 18 years. Before that, she served for 10 years as Secretary of State for North Carolina. The New York Times reported that she sold stock from BP and ExxonMobil after the company executives testified in a House oversight committee hearing on the oil industry’s role in climate disinformation. Represent Fox is a member of that committee. According to Bulwark, Fox one of the most prolific traders in Congress and is notorious for ethically dubious stock trading. She’s not alone, and more and more lawmakers are getting called out for closely managing their investments relative to their legislative work. This is a common problem we’ve seen in congress, where the rules are broken and there are no consequences. That’s why we need turn term limits.
Did you know that US Term Limits is the largest non-partisan, non-profit organization advocating for term limits? Well, it is. Our mission is to improve the quality of government with a citizen’s legislature that closely reflects its constituency and is responsive to the needs of the people it serves.
Corruption is running rampant in Congress, that’s because there’s no accountability. That’s why we need congressional term limits. We can make it a reality. We have the momentum with Americans daily wanting congressional term limits, but we can’t do it without you. Go to termlimits.org and get involved today. Be sure to share this program with your friends and family every week. This is Holly Robichaud for US Term Limits breaking news. I’ll see you next week.