For immediate release
January 12, 2023
Contact: Aaron Dukette, U.S. Term Limits
Phone: (859) 779-0181
Term Limits on Congress Resolution Filed in Indiana Senate
Indianapolis, IN – Indianapolis State Senator Jon Ford (district 38) has introduced a resolution applying to participate in a single-topic convention to propose a congressional term limits amendment. Senate Joint Resolution 16 (SJR16) will also be sponsored in the Indiana House by Representative Chris Jeter (district 88).
The resolution invokes Article V of the U.S. Constitution. Through it, 34 state legislatures can agree to meet at a convention to propose a congressional term limits amendment. Once they agree on the language of the amendment and present the proposal to the fifty states for ratification, it would have to be approved by 38 states in order to be written into the Constitution. The Term Limits Convention initiative is being spearheaded by the nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy group U.S. Term Limits (USTL).
U.S. Term Limits State Chair, Micah Beckwith, adds “It’s my sincere hope that Congress will move forward with term limits legislation. Without term limits, lifelong career politicians will continue to use the system for their selfish gain. Term limits will be an effective mechanism to ensure that Washington will always work for the people and not the other way around.”
“The intention for our government was for citizens to actively participate in the democratic process,” said Philip Blumel, USTL President. “Unfortunately, career politicians in Congress have eroded that principle. Term limits will help ensure that public service is just that – a service to the public, not a career of self-interest.”
Blumel continued, “It’s time for Congress to be accountable to the people they represent. Term limits will help restore trust in our government and ensure that power is returned to the hands of the citizens.”
Congressional term limits is wildly popular across the nation. It 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.
The resolution is currently under review by the State Rules Committee. If passed in both chambers, Indiana would become the latest state to join the growing movement for a convention to propose a congressional term limits amendment.
SJR16 will put Washington, D.C. on notice that Indiana intends to join other states in calling for a convention for the exclusive purpose of proposing term limits on the U.S. Congress.
U.S. Term Limits is the largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization advocating solely on 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.