(Alexandria, VA.) – Today, Our Generation, a nonpartisan free market advocacy group congratulates Senator David Vitter (R-La.) and 9 other Republican senators who, yesterday, introduced S.J. Res. 1, legislation proposing to amend the United States Constitution and apply term limits to members of Congress. The measure, would limit House Members to three terms and U.S. Senators to two terms in office. Because enacting term limits requires an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the legislation would require a two-thirds majority vote approval in the House and Senate, and then three-fourths of the states would need to adopt it.
Term limits stimulate political participation by encouraging competition in elections and also spreading power among more members of a legislative branch. They also create legislative bodies that are more responsive to the needs of their citizens, which fosters an environment where politicians are less concerned with re-election and not beholden to special interests. A recent Gallup poll showed that the American public strongly supports Congressional term limits, by a 71-21 margin.
“Term limits are needed to restore public trust in our elected officials and bring new ideas and ways of thinking to Washington, D.C.,” said MacMillin Slobodien, Executive Director of Our Generation. “Instilling public trust in government is crucial considering the mismanagement and wasteful spending that has saddled Americans with an $18 trillion national debt.”
Our Generation applauds the efforts to enact term limits legislation and urges Congress and the states to take swift action on the issue.