Sunday, January 15, 2017
Right renews push for term limits as Trump takes power
At The Hill by Scott Wong --
Emboldened by President-elect Donald Trump’s call to “drain the swamp,” conservatives on Capitol Hill are renewing their push to impose term limits on members of Congress.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) have already offered a constitutional amendment that would limit senators to two six-year terms and House members to three- two-year terms. Several other lawmakers are preparing to roll out similar legislation.
And the far-right House Freedom Caucus, of which DeSantis belongs, has been discussing whether to take a formal position in the coming weeks to support restricting congressional terms.
Term-limit proponents have a key ally in Trump, who will be sworn in as president on Friday. On the campaign trail, the political outsider and billionaire business mogul vowed to press for term limits and end the “decades of failure in Washington and decades of special interest dealing.”