For immediate release
February 24, 2022
Contact: Kenn Quinn, U.S. Term Limits
Wisconsin Legislature Passes Term Limits on Congress Article V Resolution
Madison, WI — Today, the Wisconsin State House passed AJR135, a resolution applying for a national convention to propose term limits on Congress. This follows the Wisconsin State Senate passage of the sister resolution, SJR102. Wisconsin is now on the growing list of state to pass the term limits single topic application following the lead of Florida, Alabama, Missouri and West Virginia.
The application is officially heading to Congress to be counted towards the 34 required to call a national term limits convention. The effort was sponsored by Wisconsin state Senator Duey Stroebel and state house Rep. Daniel Knodl. This success is part of a national, nonpartisan movement being spearheaded 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 propose and ratify amendments to the U.S. Constitution completely bypassing 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.” AJR135/SJR102 was supported by both Democrats and Republicans through both chambers.
“Senator Stroebel and House Rep. Knodl have been an integral part of the process in Wisconsin. Their efforts helped make Wisconsin the latest state to call for a convention for the exclusive purpose of proposing term limits on Congress,” Blumel added. “Other key states are well on their way to passing this important election reform. The progress in Wisconsin 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.