According to a new proposal, legislative members would only be able to spend a maximum of 18 years serving in Congress.
The proposal, introduced by Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Florida Congressman Francis Rooney, would limit senators to two 6-year terms and representatives to three 2-year terms; this totals 18 years.
“The founders never envisioned a professional political class,” Rooney said during a Fox News appearance, according to the Washington Examiner.
“This is a much better way than having these entrenched politicians who are too aligned with special interests over a period of years. I would say 18 years is plenty of time to serve your country in,” the member of Congress continued.
Rooney added, via the DC Chronicle: “The American people support term limits by an overwhelming margin. I believe that as lawmakers, we should follow the example of our founding fathers, Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who refused to consider public service as a career. Our history is replete with examples of leaders who served their country for a time and returned to private life, or who went on to serve in a different way.”
From the report:
The proposal would set members of the House to three terms and senators to two terms. Presidents are limited under the 22nd Amendment to two terms, while Supreme Court justices enjoy lifetime appointments.
Under their own proposal, Cruz, who has been elected twice, would have to leave the Senate at the end of his current term, while Rooney, first elected in 2016, would be eligible to seek two more years in the House.
Cruz took to Twitter to promote the idea, saying: “For too long, members of Congress have abused their power and ignored the will of the American people.”
“Term limits on members of Congress offer a solution to the brokenness we see in Washington. It’s long past time for Congress to hold itself accountable,” the Texas Republican added.
This is not the first time Cruz has promoted a term-limiting constitutional amendment, as he pushed similar legislation in 2017.
According to the DC Chronicle, the amendment was co-sponsored by Republican Senators Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, and David Perdue.