For immediate release
May 17, 2018
Contact: Scott Tillman, U.S. Term Limits
Phone: (321) 345-7455
Missouri General Assembly Passes Term Limits on Congress Resolution
Washington, D.C. — Today, the Missouri General Assembly passed an Article V convention application exclusive to the subject of proposing term limits on Congress. It is the third state to pass the term limits only application following the lead of Florida and Alabama.
The resolution, SCR40, passed both chambers of the state legislature and is heading to Congress to be counted towards the 34 state applications required to call a term limits convention. The effort was led by Missouri Senator Denny Hoskins and Missouri House Rep. Chuck Basye.
Representative Basye commented, “I’m tremendously honored and humbled to sponsor and pass SCR40/HCR55 in the Missouri Legislature in 2018. Term limits for members of the U. S. Congress are long overdue.”
This success is part of a national, nonpartisan movement led by U.S. Term Limits to fight careerism in Washington, D.C.
Article V of the U.S. Constitution provides state legislators with the power to impose term limits on Congress without congressional approval. For the term limits amendment convention to be called, 34 states must pass similar resolutions. Once a term limits amendment is proposed, 38 states must ratify it for it to be added to the U.S. Constitution. This process allows the states to completely bypass Congress.
The President of U.S. Term Limits, Philip Blumel said “Eighty-two percent of Americans support term limits on Congress, including huge majorities of Democrats, Republicans and Independents. This is a rare, truly nonpartisan issue with national appeal.” SCR40 was supported by both Democrats and Republicans and passed easily through both chambers of the Missouri General Assembly.
“Senator Hoskins and Rep. Basye have been an integral part of the process in Missouri. Their efforts helped make Missouri the third state in the nation to call for a convention for the exclusive purpose of proposing term limits on Congress,” Blumel added. “We are working on other battleground states we hope will follow the lead of Missouri, Alabama, and Florida. The progress here today has laid the groundwork for future successes.”
U.S. Term Limits is the largest grassroots term limits advocacy group in the country. We connect term limits supporters with their legislators and work to pass term limits at all levels of government, particularly on the U.S. Congress. Find out more at termlimits.org.