Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) vowed to “lead the effort” to bring term limits to politicians serving in both the Senate and the House.
DeSantis shared his plan for how he would bring term limits to Congress, pointing out that many other states have enacted term limits for politicians.
We need term limits for members of Congress.— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantis) November 28, 2023
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“It’s a good policy,” DeSantis added. “We have people like Nancy Pelosi that have been there for decade after decade. They’re more interested in advancing themselves than they are delivering results for you.”
DeSantis continued to promise to push for term limits if elected president by going through the states.
“Florida has already certified it, many other states have certified it,” DeSantis explained. “We have the ability to do this because I don’t care if you’re Republican, Independent, Democrat, male, female, Black, White, everyone believes we need term limits for members of Congress.”
Currently, states such as Maine, California, Colorado, Arkansas, Michigan, Florida, Ohio, South Dakota, and North Dakota have enacted term limits for members of Congress serving in both the House and Senate.
While states such as California, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Nevada allow for politicians to serve a maximum of 12 years in either the House or Senate, other states such as Arkansas allow for politicians to serve up to 16 years in either the House or Senate.
States such as Maine, Colorado, and Florida meanwhile have eight-year term limits for members of Congress in the House or Senate.
DeSantis added that once term limits are placed on members of Congress, it will change “the incentives in Washington.”
“They’re not going to be there for 40 years,” DeSantis continued. “They have a limited amount of time, three terms in the House, two terms in the Senate to actually get things done and leave a legacy. We have it in Florida, it’s worked very well. We need it in Washington, D.C., I’m going to be a president that has a plan to bring this about.”
In a September survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, 87% of adults expressed support for term limits for members of Congress, while 12% opposed the idea of term limits.
Similarly, a survey conducted by the Program for Public Consultation in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park found that 83% of registered voters supported passing a Constitutional amendment for term limits. Out of this number, 86% of Republicans, 80% of Democrats, and 84% of Independents supported setting term limits.