FAIRFAX, Va. — U.S. Term Limits celebrated the victory of Ted Cruz in the Texas U.S. Senate Republican primary.
Philip Blumel, President of U.S. Term Limits, called the win “a great victory for term limits.”
Congressional term limits became a flash point in the campaign between Cruz and his opponent, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst when Dewhurst initially pledged to support a constitutional amendment limiting House members to three two-year terms and Senators to two six-year terms.
Less than three weeks later, Dewhurst backtracked on that pledge doubling the number of terms that a House member could serve.
Blumel explained the term limits victory saying, “Ted Cruz has been a long, consistent supporter of congressional term limits and if David Dewhurst couldn’t keep his pledge for three weeks, then how could anyone in Texas expect him to keep it once he got a six year term in the Senate?”
Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) has introduced SJR 11, which puts term limits into the U.S. constitution with companion legislation filed in the House.
According to the last nationwide poll on term limits conducted by Public Opinion Dynamics for Fox News in September 2010, the issue enjoys wide bi-partisan support. The poll showed that 78 percent of Americans support congressional term limits, including 74 percent of independents and 74 percent of the nation’s Democrats.
Blumel concluded, “America is in trouble. Ted Cruz’s primary victory sends a powerful signal to the entrenched establishment in both political parties that it is time to send the term limits constitutional amendment to the states for ratification.”
The term limits amendment bill would require a two-thirds majority vote in the House and Senate, and ratification by 38 states in order to become part of the Constitution. The U.S. Term Limits Constitutional Amendment Pledge has signatures from 167 congressional candidates this election cycle. It states that all signers will co-sponsor and vote for any bill which calls for a limit of three U.S. House terms and two U.S. Senate terms. For more information on the pledge, including a list of signers, please visit www.ustermlimitsamendment.org .