Cruz, DeSantis push for congressional term limits
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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.

"The American people resoundingly agreed on Election Day, and President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCould Trump self-pardon, the world may never know Ex-Cruz campaign manager: Trump presidency 'is effectively over' Trump Jr.: All I know is Scaramucci wasn't the leaker MORE has committed to putting government back to work for the American people," Cruz said in a statement on Tuesday. "It is well past time to put an end to the cronyism and deceit that has transformed Washington into a graveyard of good intentions.” 
 
Under an amendment the two GOP lawmakers filed on Tuesday, House members would be allowed to serve three two-year terms and senators would be able to serve two six-year terms. 

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DeSantis added that the measure would be a "first step toward reforming Capitol Hill." 

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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 RyanRyan confident on tax reform after GOP releases principles McCain's cancer — The congressional peace maker Koch network teaming up with Trump officials for tax-reform event MORE (R-Wis.), who has said he supports term limits, nor Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellDem senator on McCain: ‘I was trying not to jump up and down and smile’ Mo Brooks: McConnell should leave leadership if he can't repeal ObamaCare Huckabee calls for repeal of 17th Amendment after healthcare failure 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.