WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) announced that he will fight for a vote on his term limits amendment to the STOCK Act. The amendment expresses support for a constitutional amendment limiting the terms a member of Congress can serve. Senator DeMint introduced the “Term Limits for All” constitutional amendment last year.
“The only way to permanently reform Washington and discourage corruption is to pass a term limits amendment to the Constitution,” said Senator DeMint. “Our founders warned us about creating a class of career politicians who amass personal power instead of fighting for the people they are supposed to represent. Decades of permanent politicians has left us with a $15 trillion debt, and a federal budget and tax code that favors special interests with the highest paid lobbyists.”
Senator DeMint also strongly supports an amendment by U.S Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) to permanently ban earmarks.
“The earmark favor factory was at the root of Washington corruption and wasteful spending for decades. We can’t allow a return to the era of trading earmarks for bribes or bridges to nowhere and teapot museums.”
“Enacting term limits and banning earmarks are two of the biggest steps we can take to reform Washington to focus on national priorities instead of special interests and personal gain,” said Senator DeMint.
Thomas Jefferson wrote in favor of term limits, noting that they were necessary “to prevent every danger which might arise to American freedom by continuing too long in office.”
In the Virginia state convention on ratifying the federal Constitution, George Mason debated the issue of term limits and says “Nothing is so essential to the preservation of a republican government as a periodical rotation. Nothing so strongly impels a man to regard the interest of his constituents as the certainty of returning to the general mass of the people, from whence he was taken, where he must participate their burdens.”
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