U.S. Term Limits
Citizen Legislators, Not Career Politicians
WHO IS U.S. TERM LIMITS?
U.S. Term Limits (USTL), based out of Washington, DC, advocates for term limits at all levels of government. Since it was established in the early 1990s, USTL has assisted in enacting and defending term limits on state legislatures in 15 states as well as Congressional term limits in 23 states. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in U.S. Term Limits v. Thornton that states may not individually enact term limits for their members of Congress and the popular and hard-won Congressional term limits never went into effect.
USTL was and continues to be at the forefront of the term limits movement. Using the citizen initiative as its most potent tool, the term limits movement is considered to be among the most successful grass roots movements in American history. To this day, voters in states and municipalities across the country are enacting and reaffirming term limit laws one election cycle after another.
WHERE DOES THE U.S. TERM LIMITS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT COME FROM?
In 1995, when the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that state enacted term limits for members of Congress were unconstitutional, the term limits debate changed. This decision mandated only one path for the enactment of term limits, a constitutional amendment, and in the process severely hampered the term limits movement.
However, in 2017 Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) introduced H.J.R. 6, an amendment that if passed would place a three-term limit on the U.S. House of Representatives and a two-term limit on the U.S. Senate, the most commonly accepted length of terms of those respective bodies. The courage of DeSantis and Senate sponsor Ted Cruz (R-TX) to stand up to lobbyists and special interests gave the term limits movement a new life. This is why we are calling on all candidates for Congress in the 2018 cycle to sign the U.S. Term Limits Constitutional Amendment Pledge and publicly show their support for a necessary reform to Congress.
WHY SHOULD YOU SIGN THE U.S. TERM LIMITS PLEDGE?
Simply put, voters love term limits. Polling consistently shows support for term limits in the mid 70 percent range or higher. Hundreds of votes on term limits have been held at all levels of government in the last few years and overwhelmingly voters have chosen to enact term limits.
Term limits elevate fresh faces with fresh ideas to elected office. They reduce lobbyist and special interest influence and make room in Congress for the citizen legislator. Americans are sick of the political games and power politics; they are ready for a return to a citizen legislature which was the intent of our founding fathers. Those in Congress committed to bringing genuine change to Washington are invited to sign the U.S. Term Limits Constitutional Amendment Pledge calling for Congressional term limits of three terms in the House and two in the Senate.