For immediate release
January 24, 2023
Contact: Scott Tillman, U.S. Term Limits
Phone: (321) 345-7455
Senator Ted Cruz Files Resolution to Term Limit Congress
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Term Limits (USTL) applauds Senator Ted Cruz for proposing a congressional term limits amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Senate Joint Resolution 2 (SJR2), once passed by Congress and ratified by the states, would limit Representatives to three terms, or 6 years, and Senators to two terms, or 12 years.
There are 11 original cosponsors listed on the resolution. U.S. Term Limits has secured pledges from a record breaking 130 members of the 118th Congress.
Sen. Cruz commented, “Terms limits brings about accountability that is long overdue and I urge my colleagues to advance this amendment along to the states so that it may be quickly ratified and become a constitutional amendment.“
SJR2 is being spearheaded by the nonpartisan, nonprofit U.S. Term Limits and is aimed at creating regular open seats thereby increasing the diversity of views and experiences represented in Congress.
“For too long, Congress has been dominated by career politicians who have lost touch with the needs and concerns of their constituents,” said Philip Blumel, President of U.S. Term limits. “Term limits will ensure that fresh ideas and new perspectives are brought to the table, and that elected officials remain accountable to the American people.”
Blumel praised the resolution, calling it “a vital step towards restoring citizen-government in our nation’s capital.”
The proposed amendment would not retroactively apply to current members of Congress. The clock would start ticking for the entire Congress after ratification by the states. The proposed amendment would require ratification by three-fourths of the states in order to become part of the Constitution.
According to the latest nationwide poll on term limits conducted by RMG Research, the issue of term limits enjoys wide bipartisan support. Scott Rasmussen reports, “Support for term limits is broad and strong across all political, geographic and demographic groups. An overwhelming 82% of voters approve of a constitutional amendment that will place term limits on members of Congress.”
SJR2 and its U.S. House companion resolution, HJR11, sponsored by Rep. Ralph Norman, are part of a multi-pronged strategy to secure term limits on Congress. Since the Supreme Court opined that term limits may only be imposed through an amendment to the Constitution (U.S. Term Limits v. Thornton 1995), USTL is also working with state legislatures to propose an amendment through a national term limits amendment proposal convention, a power delegated to the states through Article V of the U.S. Constitution.
The complete text of the SJR-2 proposal may be viewed here.
U.S. Term Limits is the largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization advocating specifically for term limits. Our mission is to improve the quality of government with a citizen legislature that closely reflects its constituency and is responsive to the needs of the people it serves. Find out more at termlimits.org.