WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Term Limits, the leader in the national movement to limit terms for elected officials, today praised Indiana Senate candidate Marlin Stutzman for signing its congressional term limits pledge.
In November of last year, 14 new U.S. Term Limits pledge signers were elected to Congress — including five new U.S. Senators.
USTL President Philip Blumel commented on Stutzman’s pledge, saying, “We applaud Marlin Stutzman for having the courage to make congressional term limits a top priority of his campaign.”
“Stutzman’s support of term limits shows his commitment to the founders’ idea of a citizen legislature and to representing the people of his district rather than special interest groups or lobbyists.”
The U.S. Term Limits Amendment Pledge is provided to every announced candidate for federal office. It reads, “I pledge that as a member of Congress I will cosponsor and vote for the U.S. Term Limits amendment of three House terms and two Senate terms and no longer limit.”
The U.S. Term Limits Constitutional Amendment has been introduced in both the U.S. Senate by Senator David Vitter and the House of Representatives by Representative Matt Salmon.
Blumel noted, “People are fed up with career politicians in D.C. who put their own self-interest before the needs of their constituents. Fortunately, with candidates like Marlin Stutzman emerging, political pressure will continue to build toward the passage of a term limits amendment.”
According to the last nationwide poll on term limits conducted by Gallup, the issue enjoys wide bi-partisan support. The poll showed that 75 percent of Americans support congressional term limits.
Gallup’s analysis states, “Republicans and independents are slightly more likely than Democrats to favor term limits; nevertheless, the vast majority of all party groups agree on the issue. Further, Gallup finds no generational differences in support for the proposal.”
Blumel concluded, “America is in trouble. Our career politicians have let the people down. It is time to limit their terms and return control of our nation to people who have actually had to create a job, earn an honest paycheck and pay a mortgage. It is time for a constitutional amendment limiting congressional terms.”
The term limits amendment bills would require a two-thirds majority in the House and Senate, and ratification by 38 states in order to become part of the constitution.
View Stutzman’s signed pledge here.