A full three quarters of Americans agree - the current system, where Senators and members of the House of Representatives can wield tremendous power over the American people as long as they draw air, has got to go.
One complication, however, is that the very same people who this would hurt have to vote to approve it, so until the stunning election of President-elect Donald J. Trump, this common goal was mocked by most pompous Washington insiders as impossible.
Not anymore! One-time Trump critic Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has just backed our nation's next President in a big way - he, along with Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) have, as politicians rarely do, put the American people above themselves. The law would limit House members to just three terms (six total years maximum), and Senators to two (twelve total years maximum). To put this into perspective, some senators, such as Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-WV), have historically served over 50 years in Congress!
The new bill, known in the Senate as S. J. Res. 2 (and in the house as H. J. Res. 6), is one of the first proposed bills before the new Republican controlled Congress of the United States, the 115th Congress.
The bill is actually a proposed constitutional amendment, which means that unlike regular bills, it requires a two thirds majority of both the Senate and the House to become law. If this fails, another way that it could be passed would be for the states to call a constitutional convention.
If this passes, for the first time in the history of the United States will members of Congress be bound by the limits that exist upon almost every other elected office in our country. In the current system, a member of Congress can serve for even fifty years or more, cozying up to lobbyists the entire time while sucking the taxpayer dry as a leech. It is easy to see how Senators and Representatives, spending almost their entire lives in Washington D.C., would very quickly forget the people of their district that they are ostensibly supposed to be serving.
Speaking about the proposal, Mr. Cruz said "The American people resoundingly agreed on Election Day, and President-elect Donald Trump has committed to putting government back to work for the American people. It is well past time to put an end to the cronyism and deceit that has transformed Washington into a graveyard of good intentions."
We, the American people, could not agree more Mr. Cruz!