For immediate release
January 11, 2018
U.S. Term Limits Applauds Alabama House for Passing Article V Term Limits Resolution
Birmingham, Alabama – U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the nationwide leader in the movement to term limit elected officials, today praised the Alabama House of Representatives for passing its Article V Convention application. The resolution, based on USTL’s model legislation, specifies calling the convention for the sole purpose of proposing a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress.
HJR23, sponsored by Rep. Kerry Rich (House District 26), with the support of thirty-one cosponsors, passed both the House Rules Committee and the entire House floor just one day after the resolution was filed in the Alabama House. The voice votes garnered no “Nays,” signalling wide bipartisan support for a Congressional Term Limits Convention. Chairman Jones, Speaker McCutcheon, and Reps. Kerry Rich, Connie Rowe, David Standridge, Nathaniel Ledbetter and the House Rules Committee played an important leadership role in passage.
With the success in the Alabama House, the resolution is expected to pass the Alabama Senate this session as well, placing Alabama at the forefront of states proposing an amendment for Term Limits on the U.S. Congress.
According to Philip Blumel, President of U.S. Term Limits, “More than 75% of Americans have rejected the career politician model and want to replace it with citizen leadership. The way to achieve this goal is through congressional term limits. The best chance we have of success is through term limits proposal convention applications through the state legislatures.”
The last nationwide poll on term limits conducted by Gallup, indicates that term limits enjoys wide bipartisan support. The poll showed that 75% of Americans support congressional term limits. Gallup’s analysis states, “Republicans and independents are slightly more likely than Democrats to favor term limits; nevertheless, the vast majority of all party groups agree on the issue. Further, Gallup finds no generational differences in support for the proposal.”
Once applications pass in 34 states, a convention will be called to propose a term limits amendment. If accepted, the amendment would need ratification from 38 states to become part of the Constitution.