For immediate release
January 25, 2021
Contact: Scott Tillman, U.S. Term Limits
Phone: (321) 345-7455
Term Limits Convention Resolution Filed in Arizona House
Phoenix, Arizona — Arizona state house Representative David Cook (district 8) has filed a resolution applying to participate in a single-topic convention to propose a congressional term limits amendment.
Through Article V of the U.S. Constitution, 34 state legislatures may put Congress on notice that they plan to meet for a convention to propose a congressional term limits amendment. The Term Limits Convention initiative is being spearheaded by the nonpartisan, grassroots nonprofit advocacy group U.S. Term Limits.
The President of U.S. Term Limits, Philip Blumel commended the sponsors of the concurrent resolution for working on such an important issue. Blumel said, “The people of Arizona are lucky to have public servants who see what is going on in Washington, D.C. and are willing to take action to fix it. By using Article V to term limit Congress, they can restore balance between states and the federal government as our Founders intended.”
Blumel also noted the high popularity of congressional term limits, which receives 87% support from Republicans, 83% support from Democrats and 75% support from independents nationwide, according to the most recent national poll by Scott Rasmussen.
In the 1990s, U.S. Term Limits assisted in successful campaigns to term limit 23 states’ congressional delegations by a vote of the citizens of those states. The Supreme Court ruled in the 1995 case U.S. Term Limits v. Thornton that these measures were unconstitutional, and that congressional term limits may only be imposed by constitutional amendment which must be imposed either by Congress or by the states at a national convention.
When HCR2005 clears both chambers of the state legislature, Arizona will join the 34 states required to call the term limits proposal convention. Once passed, it must then be ratified by 38 states to become part of the U.S. Constitution.
US Term Limits is the largest grassroots advocacy group focused solely on implementing term limits at all levels of government, but particularly on the U.S. Congress. Find out more at termlimits.org.