For immediate release
March 12, 2018
Contact: Scott Tillman, U.S. Term Limits
Phone: (321) 345-7455
Fourth Candidate in West Virginia CD-3 House Race Signs Congressional Term Limits Pledge
U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the leader in the national, non-partisan movement to limit terms for elected officials, today praised West Virginia U.S. House candidate (CD-3), Philip Payton, for signing its congressional term limits pledge. Previously, Conrad Lucas, Rick Snuffer and Rupert Phillips pledged their commitment to support term limits on Congress. These candidates hope to fill the seat vacated by U.S. House Rep. Evan Jenkins, a strong term limits supporter, who is running for U.S. Senate.
In November 2017, U.S. Term Limits had more than 50 pledge signers in Congress. USTL President Philip Blumel commented on the pledges saying, “Strong support of term limits shows that there are individuals who are willing to put self-interest aside to follow the will of the people. America needs a Congress that will be served by citizen legislators, not career politicians.”
The U.S. Term Limits Amendment Pledge is provided to every announced candidate for federal office. It reads, “I pledge that as a member of Congress I will co-sponsor and vote for the U.S. Term Limits amendment of three (3) House terms and two (2) Senate terms and no longer limit.” The U.S. Term Limits Constitutional Amendment has been introduced in both the U.S. House by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and the House of Representatives by Representative Ron DeSantis (R-FL).
Blumel noted, “More than 82% of Americans have rejected the career politician model and want to replace it with citizen leadership. The way to achieve that goal is through congressional term limits. Payton, Snuffer, Lucas and Phillips know this and are willing to work to assure we reach our goal.”
According to the last nationwide poll on term limits conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, conducted in January 2018, term limits enjoys wide bipartisan support. McLaughlin’s analysis states, “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.”
Blumel concluded, “America is in trouble. Our career politicians have let the people down. It is time to limit their terms and return control of our nation to the people. It is time for a constitutional amendment limiting congressional Terms.”
The term limits amendment bills would require a two-thirds majority in the House and House, and ratification by 38 states, in order to become part of the U.S. Constitution.