Senator Cruz Introduces Constitutional Amendment To Impose Term Limits on Members of Congress

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and a handful of his colleagues on Monday reintroduced a constitutional amendment that would limit the terms of representatives and senators. Cruz sent the text of the resolution out to his 4.25 million Twitter followers. He was joined in filing the resolution by fellow Republican Senators Mike Braun, Marco Rubio, Rick Scott, Pat Toomey, and Todd Young. The amendment, if passed, would limit senators to two six-year terms and representatives to three two-year terms.

Cruz has been a consistent supporter of term limits for Congress. He has pushed for term limits in some way or another since 2016, including first introducing a constitutional amendment in 2017.

New York Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in 2019 that she fears term limits would increase the propensity for members of Congress to become lobbyists after their terms. She said that she could only support term limits if Congressmen and women were banned from becoming Washington lobbyists, or at least subject to a long delay. Cruz, seeking bipartisan support for his amendment, tweeted his rare agreement with AOC, saying he fully supports a lifetime ban on former members of Congress becoming lobbyists.