Term Limits on Congress can be implemented through the Article V Convention, a constitutional tool that allows states to ratify amendments without the permission of Congress. Our campaign will result in two-thirds of state legislatures passing resolutions calling for the establishment of a Term Limits Convention. Following this convention, each member of Congress will be term limited through a national, constitutional amendment.
Florida is officially the first state in America to call for the Term Limits Convention. The Florida Senate passed HM 417 by a unanimous voice vote, and in doing so sent a powerful message to the:
The Term Limits Convention will be triggered when two-thirds of the states (34 total) have made this commitment. It will have the ability to propose a constitutional amendment to term limit Congress once and for all.
As the bill made its committee stops in the Florida, state legislators constantly remarked on the high volume of calls and emails they had received about it. Translation: citizen energy and activism had a huge impact.
It couldn’t have been done without active support from the citizens of
Florida and around the country.
This campaign is more than one state, though. It is a nationwide grassroots movement to take back our Congress from career politicians. This momentum coming out of Florida will help propel the bills proposed in Alabama, Alaska, Missouri, South Carolina and Tennessee. We expect to have Convention bills filed over the next few weeks in Colorado, Georgia, West Virginia, Louisiana, Michigan, and Utah.
We know we can count on you as we go forward with this to deliver
congressional term limits to the American people.
Term Limits is known as the largest grassroots movement in American history, and US Term Limits (USTL) was, and still is, the leader of that movement.
USTL stands up against government malpractice. We are the voice of the American citizen. We want a government of the people, by the people, and for the people- not a ruling class who care more about deals to benefit themselves than their constituents.
We have worked tirelessly with citizens all across the nation, helping them better understand why term limits are a necessary government reform, and how to implement that vision from your town council to Congress.
The power to impose term limits lies with the States and our movement will result in a national amendment which will ensure this happens.
Term limits have been placed on 15 state legislatures, eight of the ten largest cities in America adopted term limits for their city councils and/or mayor, and 37 states place term limits on their constitutional officers.
The current system isn’t working. Washington isn’t going to change it because it’s the way they like it.
Incumbents in Congress are practically unbeatable. The re-election rate is 93% and one in four Members of Congress being in office for more than 16 years. Nine Members have actually been there for 40 years.
Americans know this is the case and want the system to change. Three-quarters of all Americans are in favor of term limits and they’re right. Term limits will:
- Reduce wasteful Congress spending as politicians will know there is no advantage for them in ‘pork-barrel’ legislation.
- Replace career politicians with citizen legislators who have fresh ideas and perspectives.
- Help stop cronyism.
- Finish the use of Congressional offices as re-election machines.
- Restore respect for the Senate and House of Representatives.
- Change Washington’s rotten culture.
- Make elections competitive and meaningful again
- Break the ties between lobbyists and long-term incumbents
The President of the United States is term-limited. So are the vast majority of America’s Governors. Congress should be too.
The best part is that we don’t need Congress to change Congress. No matter where you live in the United States, you can help change Washington. Go here to find out (link to get involved section).
Congress isn’t going to vote for term limits for itself – turkeys don’t tend to vote for Thanksgiving!
But we don’t need it to.
The power to change Washington and put in place term limits on ALL members of the US House of Representatives and Senate actually lies with the states and with the people.
A process is already written into the US Constitution which will allow term limits to be imposed and which Congress can do nothing about.