Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Florida Rep Ron DeSantis Believes He Knows How to Get Politicians to Vote for Term Limits

Ron DeSantis
The problem with term-limits resolutions is that Congressman don't want to vote themselves out of office. It's kind of a political paradox that many think term limits is a good idea...just not while they are the office holder.   Florida Representative Ron DeSantis believes he has the best way  to get term limits resolutions passed.

  • I am a cosponsor of Salmon’s term limits constitutional amendment and believe that it would benefit the country if enacted. Indeed, I believe that applying term limits to members currently in office would produce much-needed turnover inside the halls of Congress.
  • At the same time, my short time in the House has convinced me that the term limits movement would benefit from a complementary approach, an approach that reconciles the self-interest of the officeholder with the public’s desire to see congressional term limits enacted.
  • With this in mind, I have introduced a joint resolution that mimics the limitations on terms contained in Salmon’s resolution but also includes a grandfather provision so that the limits will take effect as future members of Congress take office.
  • This way, a sitting member of Congress could vote to enact term limits while doing so in a way that would not end his career. Because terms limits are so popular, the interest of a member of Congress in staying in office would be congruent with supporting my term limits joint resolution.