DeSantis Proposes Constitutional Amendment for Term Limits

DeSantis Proposes Constitutional Amendment for Term Limits

DeSantis pushes for Constitutional Amendments

Jim McCool
Jim McCool
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January 30, 2024

Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has undoubtedly shaken up the national political stage as a result of his leading the charge against the Culture War and running for president.

Gov. DeSantis has now called for additional Constitutional Amendments.

DeSantis is now calling for these constitutional amendments amid what he calls, "a reckless federal government."  The amendments he has called for consist of : a balanced federal budget, congressional term limits, equal laws for the public and members of Congress, and line-item veto authority for the President of the United States.

“Washington, D.C. works for itself, not the American people,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “The current incentives in D.C. are to put American citizens last and that needs to change. These reforms – term limits, a balanced budget requirement, a president line-item veto, and a requirement that all laws apply equally to members of Congress – will return power from entrenched D.C. elites to the American people and will incentivize better behavior by those in D.C.”

Florida House Speaker Paul Renner (R) concurred with the governor, "In Florida, we’ve proven that a balanced budget amendment and term limits work. That’s why we’ve passed resolutions urging Congress to enact them on the federal level. We will pass additional resolutions that support amendments prohibiting Congress from excluding its Members from any law it passes and giving the President of the United States line-item veto authority on the federal budget. It’s time Congress tries things the Florida Way."

However, the most bipartisan of the bunch looks to be his proposal for constitutional term limits for members of Congress.  HCR 693 states:

"The concurrent resolution constitutes the state’s application to Congress under Article V of the United States Constitution to call a convention for the sole purpose of considering and proposing constitutional amendments limiting the number of terms a member of Congress may serve. The concurrent resolution does not specify the number of terms that members should be allowed to serve."

"Currently, there is not a limit on the number of terms a member of Congress may serve. In the early 1990s, 23 states, including Florida, approved state constitutional amendments or passed laws imposing congressional term limits. However, in 1995, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that congressional term limits may only be imposed by amending the U.S. Constitution."

Although all are unlikely to come to fruition, term limits.  87% of adults in the United States support term limits, with 56% overall strongly supporting the change.

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Jim McCool

Jim McCool

Jim is a graduate of Florida State University where he studied Political Science, Religion and Criminology. He has been a reporter for the Floridian since January of 2021 and will start law school in 2024.

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