Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) are pushing for an amendment to the Constitution to place term limits on lawmakers, arguing the move will help overhaul Washington.
GOP Sens. Deb FischerDeb FischerU.S. Supreme Court’s 'Waters of the U.S.' gift to the Trump administration Right renews push for term limits as Trump takes power GOP makes pitch for replacing ObamaCare MORE (Neb.), Ron JohnsonRon JohnsonOvernight Healthcare: GOP governors defend Medicaid expansion GOP senator: Let's work with Dems to 'fix' ObamaCare Right renews push for term limits as Trump takes power MORE (Wis.), Thom TillisThom R. TillisJustice reform a sticking point between Sessions and Senate GOP Cruz, DeSantis push for congressional term limits Republicans add three to Banking Committee MORE (N.C.), Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio to vote for Tillerson Top Dem comes out against Tillerson ahead of key vote This week: Congressional Republicans prepare to huddle with Trump MORE (Fla.), Mike LeeMike LeeBooker is taking orders from corporate pharmaceuticals Paul, Lee call on Trump to work with Congress on foreign policy Right renews push for term limits as Trump takes power MORE (Utah) and David Perdue (Ga.) are backing the proposal. Cruz and DeSantis previously pledged in a Washington Post op-ed to introduce the measure this year.
According to the resolution, any congressional term before the amendment becomes law wouldn't be taken into account when determining if a lawmaker can run for reelection or not.
Trump backed term limits during his White House run, but the measure could face an uphill battle in Congress.
Neither House Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanPlanned Parenthood president warns of health crisis for women if ObamaCare is repealed Juan Williams: Ethics cloud hangs over Trump This week: Congressional Republicans prepare to huddle with Trump MORE (R-Wis.), who has said he supports term limits, nor Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellPanel to vote on Trump’s Transportation nominee Tuesday This week: Congressional Republicans prepare to huddle with Trump Trump to meet with congressional leaders Monday: report MORE (R-Ky.) has signaled it could come up for a vote.
McConnell appeared to shut down Trump's push after the election, telling reporters, "We have term limits — they're called elections."
In addition to clearing Congress, the Cruz-DeSantis proposal would also need to be ratified by three-fourths of state legislatures before going into effect.