What’s Good for the Goose, Isn’t Good for the Cruz.
There are currently no term-limits in Congress, if a Senator or Representative can get re-elected then they can serve for life, if they choose.
Robert Byrd (D-WV) served in the Senate for more than 51 years, currently the longest serving sitting Senator is Chuck Grassley (R-IA) at 42 years. In the House the longest serving Representative was John Dingell (D-MI) who served more than 59 years. The longest serving sitting Representative is currently Dan Young (R-AL) at 48 years.
Late last month Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who is currently serving his 11th year on a second six-year term, introduced a constitutional amendment to limit Senators to serving only 12 years (two terms) and Representatives to six years (three terms).
According to Cruz, “Term limits are critical to fixing what’s wrong with Washington, D.C. The Founding Fathers envisioned a government of citizen legislators who would serve for a few years and return home, not a government run by a small group of special interests and lifelong, permanently entrenched politicians who prey upon the brokenness of Washington to govern in a manner that is totally unaccountable to the American people.”
Unless you are Ted Cruz, who apparently never heard of leading by example.
While speaking to CBS’s Face the Nation when asked why he was running for a third term, Cruz said, “I’m a passionate defender of term limits. I think that Congress would work much better if every senator were limited to two terms…”
“If and when [the term limits amendment] passes I will... happily comply. I’ve never said I’m going to unilaterally comply…. I’m in Texas, and I’m fighting for 30 million Texans.”
In Cruz’s last election for Senate in 2018, 4.26 million Texans voted to send Cruz back to the Senate while more than 4 million voted to restrict him to one term.
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