WASHINGTON – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) have introduced legislation to mandate term limits for Senators and members of Congress.
The proposal would require a new Constitutional amendment to limit Senators to two six-years terms and Congressional members to three two-year terms.
Cruz, in announcing the measure, said term limits would limit the abuse of power that has gone on too long.
Some Democrats have jumped on board the plan, including defeated Cruz opponent Robert O’Rourke.
Cruz issued a statement on Facebook regarding his proposal.
“For too long, members of Congress have abused their power and ignored the will of the American people. Term limits on members of Congress offer a solution to the brokenness we see in Washington, D.C.,” he said. “It is long past time for Congress to hold itself accountable. I urge my colleagues to submit this constitutional amendment to the states for speedy ratification. “
The longest serving Senator ever was Robert Byrd (D-W. Va.) who served for 51 years, 5 months. The top current longesvity leaders in the Senate are Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) at 39 years, 7 months and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) with 37 years.
The current longevity in the House is Alaskan Congressman Don Young, who has been seated for 45 years, 10 months.