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Jan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Our Generation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan free market advocacy group congratulated Senators
David Vitter (R-La.) and
Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and the 7 other Republican senators who introduced an amendment to the United States Constitution that would apply term limits to members of Congress. The measure, would limit House Members to three terms and U.S. Senators to two terms in office. Because enacting term limits requires an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the legislation would require a two-thirds majority vote approval in the House and Senate, and then three-fourths of the states would need to adopt it.
Term limits stimulate political participation by encouraging competition in elections and also spreading power among more members of a legislative branch. They also create legislative bodies that are more responsive to the needs of their citizens, which fosters an environment where politicians are less concerned with re-election and not beholden to special interests. A recent Gallup poll showed that the American public strongly supports Congressional term limits, by a 71-21 margin.
"Now is the time to adopt term limits and restore public trust in our elected officials," said MacMillin Slobodien, Executive Director of Our Generation. "Instilling public trust in government is crucial considering the mismanagement and wasteful spending that has saddled Americans with trillion dollar budget deficits and a
$16.4 trillion national debt."
Our Generation applauds the efforts to enact term limits legislation and urges Congress and the states to take swift action on the issue. News reports indicate that a companion bill is expected to be introduced in the House in the coming weeks.
Our Generation, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization founded in 2009 to research, educate and promote long-term free market solutions to today's public policy concerns.