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March 15, 2023
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Billboards Call Derrick Van Orden Out for Breaking His
U.S. Term Limits Pledge
Voters Overwhelmingly Support Fewer Terms for Congress
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Term Limits is calling out Wisconsin Rep. Derrick Van Orden (District 3) for breaking his U.S. Term Limits campaign pledge with a billboard located at 4841 Mormon Coulee Road in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Representative Van Orden pledged that he would support and cosponsor only the U.S. Term Limits amendment limiting U.S. Representatives to three terms and U.S. Senators to two terms. Now he is in Congress, he has broken his pledge by sponsoring a bill that would limit Congress to longer terms, a proposition ardently opposed by voters.
The resolution he has proposed is in direct violation of his pledge to support only the U.S. Term Limits amendment, which he made during his election campaign. Voters elected him in part due to his pledge to support the U.S. Term limits amendment, which is backed overwhelmingly by voters in Wisconsin. In the billboard, U.S. Term Limits is calling upon him to keep his original pledge and withdraw his bill and only support the U.S. Term Limits amendment as he has pledged to do.
The U.S. Term Limits amendment has been introduced in Congress calling for six years total in the U.S. House of Representatives and twelve years maximum in the U.S. Senate. In the House, Representative Ralph Norman (R-SC) introduced House Joint Resolution 11. There are 82 cosponsors listed on the resolution. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has promised a floor vote on the U.S. Term Limits amendment. In the Senate, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) filed Senate Joint Resolution 2, a companion resolution to House Joint Resolution 11. It has 14 Senate cosponsors. There are currently 130 members of Congress who have pledged to support the U.S. Term Limits amendment, the highest-level support ever for this amendment.
“Running for office, Representative Van Orden pledged to the voters that he would only support the U.S. Term Limits amendment limiting congressional terms,” said Nick Tomboulides, Executive Director of U.S. Term Limits. “Yet now in office, he has proposed a bill that would dilute the intention of limiting congressional terms that breaks his solemn pledge to voters to only sponsor and support term limits that limit House members to 3 terms and Senate members to 2 terms.
“Voters deserve to know how Representative Van Orden is playing the D.C. game,” concluded Tomboulides. “We are encouraging Representative Van Orden to apologize to his constituents for breaking the pledge he made when they elected him and for him to keep his word.”
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.