Ted Cruz: Term Limits NOW!

by Sara Gonzales | The Blaze
January 5, 2017

Aiming to reform Capitol Hill, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla) officially filed an amendment on Tuesday to impose term limits on Congress. Cruz made the annoucement on Facebook, saying: “With control of a decisive majority of the states, the House of Representatives, and the Senate, we have a responsibility to answer the voters’ call-to-action. We must deliver.” The two had previously promised to introduce the measure this year in a Washington Post op-ed.

“The American people resoundingly agreed on Election Day, and President-elect Donald Trump has committed to putting government back to work for the American people,” he added in a statement. “It is well past time to put an end to the cronyism and deceit that has transformed Washington into a graveyard of good intentions.”

The proposed constitutional amendment specifies that senators could only serve two six-year terms, while House representatives would be allowed two three-year terms. It also states that the term limits would not begin until the bill becomes law, so the clock for current lawmakers wouldn’t start until reelection.

The proposal already has support from Republican Sens. Mike Lee (Utah), Deb Fischer (Neb.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Thom Tillis (N.C.) and David Perdue (Ga.).

40 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • William R. Sullens says:

    Go Ted and Ron! This will be a good place to start and maybe later we can set look at the Federal Judges at levels below the Supreme Court. About time we got some proof from the Congress that they are looking out for the American people instead of themselves.

  • Roy Fredrichsen says:

    Term Limits? If the president is restricted to only 2 consecutive terms, Why is n Congress not restricted to the same rules THEY make? Then we wouldn’t have

    professional Senators and Representatives dying in office, or dodering old, senile senators like Harry Reid to contend with.

  • CharlieSeattle says:

    Nooooooooo Term Limits.

    Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Al) would not be in Congress if we had term limits!

    Americans should just try to vote as smart as Alabama!

  • barbarakelly says:


  • Mary Eleanor Urso says:

    You can bet your bottom dollar this will never pass and I’ve lost all respect forTed Cruz. As a result of his primary shenanigans, I think he’s no better than the rest of them and I was a huge supporter of him going into the primaries. And yes, I did vote for him because I had mailed my primary ballot in early. If the swamp is ever going to be drained, voters will have to change their mindset. Voters have a tendency to say, “Well, the Senate (or House) stinks, but I like my Senator (or Representative). It’s time for us voters to vote our own Senators and Representatives out in their primaries after they’ve served two terms. It’s up to us folks, ’cause they simply ain’t gonna do it!

  • FLChristyB says:

    McConnell has already said something to the effect that he would not bring a Term Limit Bill to the floor for a vote. We would have to harass a lot of Senators to get the Bill voted on in the Senate.

    1. American Me says:

      If that is what we must do then lets do it.If they get millions and millions of Letter,emails and phone calls maybe they will get off their fat A$$’s and do something for a change.Remember They work for us not the other way around.Tell them if they refuse they lose your vote.

  • Tiger says:

    We needed term limits long ago we have people in Congress who fart dust they are so old and they surely need cleaning out. This country needs a blood transfusion and fast. We have to make changes back to what and who we are and we only have 4 years to do it before these old dogs will be barking at our Republics heels again.

    1. American Me says:

      A lot of these old farts haven’t had a new idea in decades.They are just taking up a seat when we need new ideas and lots of action.If they refuse to vote on term limits then vote them out.

      1. Tiger says:

        Love the post, right on and good, plain and simple facts.

  • snowyriver says:

    What are the rules to be a Senate member?? Do you need to be a citizen of the United States, or can the son of Osama Bin Laden be a Senate member? Has Ted applied for his US citizenship, or is he still running his scam? Don’t try to tell me his mother was a citizen so he is a citizen.. She had applied for and received Canadian citizenship at the time of young Teds birth.. Canada did not allow dual citizenship at that time.

  • justinwachin says:

    I don’t see this amendment passing. The current politicians are not likely to want to give up the power, prestige and money that comes from being long-term legislators.

    One unintended consequence is that career bureaucrats will have more power than our elected officials. Unless these limits are for life, the politicians will seesaw between the House of Representatives, the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Senate, ….

    1. American Me says:

      TERM LIMITS means they can’t run again after their term is up.So they do one term in each house if they can get re elected and then they are done.At least that is the way it reads to me.

      1. justinwachin says:

        It can vary. Kentucky used to have term limits on sheriffs and county judge executives. Those officeholders stayed in power by switching back and forth between the positions. The wording of the amendment may make these lifetime limits.

  • maxx says:

    I must admit I am really shocked to hear Cruz talking “term limits”. But too, it will not happen if left up to Congress. An Article V Convention of the States is the only way to force Congress to do what the state citizens demand through their State Legislatures. So for now Cruz’s idea is more of a PR stunt.

  • Jean Langford M. says:


  • ONTIME says:

    He’s right about term limits and we need much more to regain management of our oversized, costly unaffordable Fed gov and the ban of all illegal gov unions needs to be addressed….Having gov unions is like asking to be extorted by special interest….

    1. Retired says:

      If this comes to a vote we will see all the long term politicians on both parties fight it.

  • mort_f says:

    The Constitution did not provide for pensions for life for elected officials. It did not even start until Congress took pity on U.S. Grant’s penniless widow. That, like the ‘door to door’ salesman became the ‘foot in the door’ that has been totally abused. Repealing that will not take any Constitutional amendment. But it will act to push elected officials out the door. One should add stipends for Presidential ‘libraries’ as well. The National Archives are the appropriate storage place. Term limits would not be necessary if perks were eliminated or severely reduced. Emphasis on ‘severely’.

    1. kbfallon says:

      Kind of like Obammie trying to get his mother in law a 100K + pension from the taxpayers for watching his teenage kids…. and his wife if I recall correctly.

      1. Ramon1710 . says:

        Taxpayers probably footed the bill for the old lady’s voodoo supplies, as well.

    2. maxx says:

      I propose having both term limits AND a reduction is after office benefits. Most of these people are lawyers to begin with. They don’t need nor should expect a pension for serving even only one term. They are supposed to be servants of the public not dictators which is how they act.

  • Ramon1710 . says:

    As it is, in order to lose a reelection bid, the self-interested and unethical things the incumbent did have to be highly publicized. Otherwise, people will gravitate toward the familiar. As we’ve seen with Hilldog, the mainstream media is intent on fostering corruption, not exposing it. As such, we get the same scum re-elected, and the longer they’re in office, the more corrupt they become, making more corrupt deals with lobbyists and foreign governments at our expense.

    According to an investigation by Capitol Hill Blue, an online publication that covers federal politics, a remarkable number of U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators may have spent as much time in a jail cell as on Capitol Hill.

    After researching public records, newspaper articles, civil court transcripts, and criminal records, Capitol Hill Blue discovered that:

    * 29 members of Congress have been accused of spousal abuse.

    * 7 have been arrested for fraud.

    * 19 have been accused of writing bad checks.

    * 117 have bankrupted at least two businesses.

    * 3 have been arrested for assault.

    * 71 have credit reports so bad they can’t qualify for a
    credit card.

    * 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges.

    * 8 have been arrested for shoplifting.

    * 21 are current defendants in lawsuits.

    * And in 1998 alone, 84 were stopped for drunk driving, but released after they claimed Congressional immunity.

    Capitol Hill Blue did not list the names of all the individual members of Congress accused of the various crimes, but did note that some were “serial offenders” with extensive tracks records of fraud or violence.

    For example, reported Capitol Hill Blue, Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL) has a “long, consistent record of deceit,” including tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid bills, allegations of bribery, and numerous lawsuits against her. And Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) faces charges that he beat his wife, has a history of barroom brawls while mayor of Alexandria, and has publicly stated that he likes “to hit people.”

    “With a rap sheet like that, you have to wonder why Americans expect Congress to solve the problem of crime — since Congress seems to be causing so much crime,” said Dasbach. “In fact, if this study is correct, the best way to cut crime may be to lock up Congress and throw away the key.”

    And given the obvious economic incompetence of so many Senators and Representatives, you have to wonder why voters trust them with the federal budget, he said.

    “Here are politicians who routinely bankrupt businesses, write bad checks, engage in fraudulent practices, and have bad credit,” said Dasbach. “That could explain why the country is more than $5 trillion in debt, why federal programs are so wasteful, and why taxes are always going up.

    As “term limits”, elections are useless. We need real limits to the power wielded by our “honorable representatives.”

    1. James in Texas says:

      This a known fact………”Have you ever seen a spoiled-child change him or her self”! Just think what our society would be like if “All of us” were allowed to claim immunity for everything just because “we can”!

    2. maxx says:

      An excellent place to start would be to abolish most if not all of the alphabet agencies illegally created by Congress to do “their” work. They have abdicated their power and authority to hundreds of unelected bureaucrats who now make rules, decisions, impose fines and taxes on the public. These are things that only the elected legislators were supposed to do. So with really very little to do they can spend more time soliciting us for money to help them get reelected. Get rid of the agencies like, EPA, DOEd, DHS, IRS, BLM, and many others if their duties were supposed to be done by Congress.

    3. ArcticGrayling says:

      I wonder if more than 13% of those reprobates are black.

    4. KT says:

      Don’t t forget about the State Department Billionaire….that was just expose for sex trafficking children to himself! He is a paedophile……he had a virgin boy or girl every night!!!!!! He should be taken out & tied to a tree……and stoned by all these children until death!!! He also, hired a doctor to sew them up from the tearing, this Billionaire did to them!!!! Sick! Sick…..!

  • GrizzMann says:

    Every election is a term limit.

    1. bert shaw says:

      Ive heard that excuse many many times, just one thing wrong with that, there are just far too many really STUPID people in this Country, after all just look at how many votes the HILDABEAST got thats very very scary. I took note over the campaign, watching dozens and dozens of people who said they were voting for Clinton give the reason as we need a woman in the White House, Infact thats the ONLY reason I ever heard. To vote for the leader of the free World, the most powerful position in the World just because of gender, and the fact that shes a murdering, lying, greedy,back-stabbing POS, is just to scary.

      1. Ramon1710 . says:

        Probably the same idiots who felt “We gots to have Obama, cuz he’s black.”

      2. GrizzMann says:

        While I do agree that there are stupid people, they would vote for the same type of people to fill the positions left by the out going political hacks. True education is the cure to the stupidity. Another tact is fight the lies of their opponents. Republicans do not remind people of the relationship of the KKK to the Democrat party.

        1. Cliff Barton says:

          That’s why they are taking civics out of the school curriculum. That way people won’t know how bad there getting screwed.

          1. GrizzMann says:

            So true.

      3. American Me says:

        Like how many years did the people of Nevada return Harry Reid to congress.How stupid does that make the People of Nevada,and the same thing happens in many other states.I think the problem is they pay little to no attention to what is happening between elections and on election day they just vote for the same people over and over.

    2. Jean Langford M. says:


  • Just1Saddletramp says:

    Term limits are a necessity but to gain support from Congress they need to be equitable. If it two terms are allowed for the Senate then four terms need to be allowed for the House else it will never go for such a bill.

    1. Cliff Barton says:

      Up until the passing of the 17th amendment there were limits on the senate. The 17th took away the right of the states to recall there senators if they weren’t doing the job they were sent to Washington to do. Also the senate served a six year term because they were in Washington for only 4 month out of the year. If you want to limit the senate then refuse the time they serve.

      1. Just1Saddletramp says:

        The crux of the 17th Amendment is that a replacement for a Senator, in case of death or other disability, shall be carried out by an election based on popular vote instead of appointment as had been the norm previously. It does not forbid a future amendment providing for recall in the case of malfeasance

  • Pete says:

    Way past time for term limits.

  • grmetalman says:

    The founders never meant for congress to be a lifetime career to where you could become rich. They never meant for it to cost so much to run for congress or the president. Not just anyone can run to be in politics. Term limits will help fight the corruption in congress.

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