Kirsters Baish| On Monday, President Donald Trump was looking for support for his idea of enacting congressional term limits. He explained that he spoke about the issue with a group of first-term lawmakers. The President tweeted, “I recently had a terrific meeting with a bipartisan group of freshman lawmakers who feel very strongly in favor of Congressional term limits. I gave them my full support and endorsement for their efforts.”
I recently had a terrific meeting with a bipartisan group of freshman lawmakers who feel very strongly in favor of Congressional term limits. I gave them my full support and endorsement for their efforts. #DrainTheSwamp
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2018
President Trump has voiced his support for congressional term limits in the past. There are some conservative lawmakers who have the President’s back, but GOP leaders aren’t quite sold on it yet.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated during a press conference following the 2016 presidential election, “I would say we have term limits now. They’re called elections. And it will not be on the agenda in the Senate.”
Republican Freshman Representative Mike Gallagher was in attendance at the meeting which was held at the White House. He said last week that a bipartisan group of freshman House members has a plan to combine bills together in hopes of following through with a change.
“I think that would be a complete paradigm shift – so a lot of work ahead, but this was a really interesting moment. I mean 85 percent of the American people support term limits,” he stated in a Twitter video. “I think we’ve got to get at that source of the problem, which is people only care about their reelection and getting reelected [more] than doing the work of the people.”
Yesterday I met with President Trump to discuss a term limits bill that I introduced early last year. If we’re going to end the careerism that’s infecting Washington, DC then implementing term limits and getting back to the citizen legislator model is a no-brainer. pic.twitter.com/mDYymzKzPQ
— Rep. Mike Gallagher (@RepGallagher) April 26, 2018
The Republican from Wisconsin brought up a joint resolution which would require adding a constitutional amendment which would wind up limiting the lower chamber members from serving more than six terms. Senators would only be allowed to serve two terms. This change would be implemented on the current freshman class members.
During the 2016 presidential campaigning period, Donald Trump explained that he would be working towards a constitutional amendment that would place term limits on Congressional members.
The proposal is part of a five point ethics plan that he brought about in order to “drain the swamp” in Washington.
In October of 2016, Fox News reported:
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday called for sweeping Washington reform including term limits for congressional lawmakers, telling supporters “it’s time to drain the swamp.”
Under Trump’s proposal, members of the House of Representatives would serve a maximum of six years, while Senators would be limited to 12 years in office.
“Decades of special interests, decades of failure must come to an end,” said Trump, who vowed, if elected, to try to impose the term limits through a constitutional amendment.
In announcing the proposal at a rally in Colorado, Trump also called for five other “major” changes.
He wants to re-institute a ban to prevent Executive Branch officials from lobbying the government for five years after they leave government service and to ensure the ban cannot be lifted by executive order.
We will continue to update as new information is available.