For immediate release
January 24th, 2022
Contact: Aaron Dukette, U.S. Term Limits
State Senator Mike Bell sponsors resolution to term limit Congress
Washington, D.C. — State Senator Mike Bell has sponsored a resolution (HJR8) for Tennessee to join other states in calling for a convention for proposing a congressional term limits amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The effort is spearheaded by the nonpartisan, grassroots nonprofit, U.S. Term Limits.
HJR8 has both groundswell bipartisan support in the Tennessee state legislature as well of Tennesseans across the state. Dozens of members of the legislature have gone so far as to sign a pledge to co-sponsor the legislation. Multiple members of the legislature have also signed a pledge co-sponsoring the legislation. Last year, HJR8 passed the Tennessee House of Representatives 53-34 thanks to the efforts of Representative Chris Todd of Jackson who is the legislation’s lead sponsor in the state house.
A 2021 RMG Research poll shows 78% of likely voters in Tennessee support term limits on Congress, including strong support among Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike.
U.S. Term Limits President Philip Blumel commended Sen. Bell for moving forward the legislation. Blumel said, “The people of Tennessee are lucky to have public servants who see what is going on in D.C. and are willing to take action to fix it. They know that Congress won’t set term limits on itself. Therefore, it is the obligation of the states to do so.”
HJR8 is up for consideration in the Senate Judiciary Committee before it eventually makes its way to the floor of the Tennessee House of Representatives.
If passed in the senate this session, Tennessee will join other states in the call to convene the states for the exclusive purpose of proposing term limits on the U.S. Congress. Once 34 state legislatures pass similar resolutions on the topic and approve the term limits amendment, it must be ratified by 38 states to become part of the U.S. Constitution.
U.S. Term Limits is the oldest and largest grassroots term limits advocacy group in the country. We connect term limits supporters with their legislators and work to pass term limits on all elected officials, particularly on the U.S. Congress. Find out more at termlimits.com.