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17MEM-USTL on Jan 26, 2017

Report: supporting Congressional term limits
Source: U.S. Term Limits
Excerpts from press release on Term Limits Caucus: Two U.S. Term Limits pledge signers, Republican Rep. Rod Blum (IA-1) and Democrat Rep. Beto O`Rourke (TX-16), have announced the formation of a Term Limits Caucus, which will work to build bipartisan support behind a constitutional amendment imposing term limits on Congress. "The root of this problem is that politicians are incentivized by the system to care more about retaining their position than doing what is best for the country," Blum said. "Our founding fathers never intended for public service to be a career, rather, serving in Congress was designed to be a temporary sacrifice made for the public good."

The new working group will marshal pro-term limits members together to pursue common ground. One of its most important duties will be building consensus around the U.S. Term Limits Amendment of three House terms and two Senate terms, to which both Blum and O`Rourke have pledged their exclusive support.

Supporting argument: (Cato Institute): We should limit members to three terms in the House and two terms in the Senate. Let more people serve. Let more people make the laws. And let's get some people who don't want to make Congress a lifelong career. Some say that term limits would deprive us of the skills of experienced lawmakers. Really? It's the experienced legislators who gave us a $17 trillion national debt, and the endless war in Iraq, and the Wall Street bailout.

Supporting argument: (Heritage Foundation): The only serious opponents of term limits are incumbent politicians and the special interests--particularly labor unions--that support them. Special interests oppose term limits because they do not want to lose their valuable investments in incumbent legislators. Many are organized to extract programs, subsidies, and regulations from the federal government--to use the law as a lever to benefit their own constituencies or harm their rivals. Also see U. S. Term Limits pledge

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 16. Question 16: Make voter registration easier Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Government Reform
  • Headline: Constitutional amendment for Congressional term limits (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Constitutional amendment for Congressional term limits

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 17MEM-USTL

Beto O`Rourke s1sTexas Democrat 

Republicans participating in 17MEM-USTL

Rick Allen s1sGeorgia Republican House Member 
Don Bacon s1sNebraska Republican 
Andy Biggs s1sArizona Republican 
Rod Blum s1sIowa Republican House Member 
Dave Brat s1sVirginia Republican House Member 
Ken Buck s1sCO Republican Challenger (withdrawn) 
Ted Budd s1sNorth Carolina Republican 
Bill Cassidy s2sLA Republican Senator 
James Comer s1sKentucky Republican 
Ted Cruz s2sPOTUS Republican 2016 Primary Challenger 
Steve Daines s2sMontana Republican (Senate run 2014) 
Warren Davidson s1sOhio Republican 
Ron DeSantis s1sFL Republican candidate for governor 
Jeff Duncan s1sSouth Carolina Republican 
John Faso s1sNew York Republican 
Drew Ferguson s1sGeorgia Republican 
Deb Fischer s2sNE Republican Senate Challenger 
Matt Gaetz s1sFlorida Republican 
Trey Gowdy s1sSouth Carolina Republican 
Trey Hollingsworth s1sIndiana Republican 
Richard Hudson s1sNorth Carolina Republican 
Darin LaHood s1sIllinois Republican House Member 
Frank Dean Lucas s1sOklahoma Republican 
Roger Marshall s1sKansas Republican 
Thomas Massie s1sKentucky Republican 
Brian Mast s1sFlorida Republican 
Alex Mooney s1sWest Virginia Republican House Member 
Markwayne Mullin s1sOklahoma Republican 
Gary Palmer s1sAlabama Republican House Member 
Rand Paul s2sKY Republican Jr Senator 
David Perdue s2sGA Republican challenger 
Robert Pittenger s1sNorth Carolina Republican 
Mike Pompeo s1sKansas Republican 
John Ratcliffe s1sTexas Republican House Member 
Tom Rice s1sSouth Carolina Republican 
Tom Rooney s1sFlorida Republican 
Marco Rubio s2sFL Republican Jr Senator 
Mark Sanford s1sSC Republican Presidential contender 
Ben Sasse s2sNE Republican Jr Senator 
David Schweikert s1sArizona Republican 
Tim Scott s2sSC Republican Senator-Appointee 
Thom Tillis s2sNC Republican Jr Senator 
Pat Toomey s2sPA Republican Jr Senator 
Ann Wagner s1sMissouri Republican 
Todd Young s2sIN Republican Senate Challenger 
Lee Zeldin s1sNew York Republican House Member 

Independents participating in 17MEM-USTL

Mick Mulvaney s1sSC Budget Director/Chief of Staff 

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 1
Republicans: 46
Independents: 1

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