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Sen. Ted Cruz reintroduces constitutional amendment imposing term limits on members of Congress

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz was joined by a handful of GOP colleagues on Monday in reintroducing a constitutional amendment imposing term limits on members of Congress.

What are the details?

Cruz tweeted out the text of the resolution filed by himself along with Sens. Mike Braun (Ind.), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Rick Scott (Fla.), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Todd Young (Ind.), explaining that “the amendment would limit U.S. senators to two six-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to three two-year terms.”

Cruz’s office also provided background on the senator’s previous efforts to put term limits in place for federal lawmakers, noting that:

  • In 2016, Sen. Cruz and former Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) published an op-ed in the Washington Post announcing their intention to introduce a term limits amendment.
  • In 2017, Sen. Cruz first introduced a constitutional amendment mandating term limits in the 115th Congress.
  • In 2019, Sen. Cruz led a hearing as chairman of the Senate Judiciary’s Subcommittee on The Constitution, titled, ‘Keeping Congress Accountable: Term Limits in the United States.’ The hearing examined the use of term limits as an avenue to break the cycle of career politicians and encourage accountability in Congress.
  • In 2019, Sen. Cruz and former Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) introduced an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to impose term limits on members of Congress in the 116th Congress.

What about lobbying ban?

Also in 2019, the conservative Cruz even gave a nod to far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) when she called for making it illegal for members of Congress to become lobbyists after leaving office.

“Here’s something I don’t say often: on this point, I AGREE with @AOC,” Cruz wrote in reply to one of the congresswoman’s tweets. “Indeed, I have long called for a LIFETIME BAN on former Members of Congress becoming lobbyists. The Swamp would hate it, but perhaps a chance for some bipartisan cooperation?”

Esquire political editor Jack Holmes argued at the time:

If you impose term limits, particularly without a lobbying ban, you’re actually shifting the incentives for congresspeople in a bad way: since they’re only going to be around for a limited time, they’d better make career plans for afterwards. Like, say, securing a lobbying gig. That’s going to lead to poor performance while they’re in office, particularly for anyone living in their district who can’t afford a big-money campaign donation.

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GOP Congressman to propose constitutional amendment on court packing he says will get Congress through this ‘momentary temper tantrum’

A Republican congressman running for U.S. Senate in Georgia says he has a proposal that will end the political war that erupted after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday.

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) plans to introduce a constitutional amendment that he says will “take the heat of the moment out of” Supreme Court nomination fights as Democrats threaten to pack the court should President Donald Trump and the Senate GOP majority move forward with a new Supreme Court nominee before the inauguration of the next president.

“Any time the Democrats don’t get their way, they want to change the rules,” Collins, the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, said on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday.

“So what we’re gonna say is this, if you want to pack the court, like Jerry Nadler, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said and others have said, then we want to put in a constitutional amendment that says let’s take the heat of the moment out of this.”

Collins’ proposed amendment would prohibit legislation designed to change the size of the court from taking effect until 10 years after such legislation is passed by Congress and signed by the president.


On Saturday, the day after Ginsburg’s death was reported, House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.J.) publicly called for the next Senate to “immediately” expand the Supreme Court if Trump’s next nominee is confirmed before the election.

Nadler is one of several Democrats who have renewed threats to pack the court if they win the election.

Collins believes that like “sham impeachment,” this is another case of “any time the Democrats don’t get their way, they want to change the rules.”

He feels that that a 10-year waiting period for expanding the Supreme Court will temper the passions of both parties that threaten to do it.

“That way, if you’re really serious about this, if you have a reason to expand this court beyond your momentary temper tantrum, then we actually will have something that you can go ahead with it, but it takes place ten years after the heat of the moment that we’re in,” Collins explained.

Any proposal to amend the Constitution faces the extraordinarily high bar of a two-thirds vote of both house of Congress and ratification by three-fourths of the states.

President Trump and Senate Republicans have been clear that a nominee will be announced this weekend and the confirmation process will begin shortly after.

The president on Tuesday said he will make his nomination on Saturday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), took to the floor of the Senate Monday to reiterate that Trump’s nominee “will receive a vote on the floor of the Senate.” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Monday sent a letter to the Democrats on his committee declaring his intention to hold confirmation hearings for the president’s nominee.