Establish Term Limits
“Professional politicians like to talk about the value of experience in government. Nuts! The only experience you gain in politics is how to be political.”
- Ronald Reagan
82% of Americans favor term limits — as does President Trump. Term limits will remove career politicians who rig the system to keep themselves in office instead of getting things done for us voters.
In 1995, we were very close to achieving term limits for Congress, thanks to the Republican Congress that swept into the majority after America embraced the Contract with America. The Republican Congress did their part, they brought the Citizens Legislature Act to a vote, and our party voted 189 to 40 in favor.
The Democrats killed the bill by voting against it, 163 - 38.
(By the way, Wyoming’s Congressman Craig Thomas voted for the amendment).
The problem was not the amendment, the problem was the timing — it was voted on a year and a half before the next election. This time, we Republicans need to bring the same bill to a vote October of 2020, right before the next elections, where we the voters have the most power!
We voters will make clear to our elected officials that if they do not vote for term limits, we will vote them out of office a few weeks later (and we can bet that behind every incumbent that refuses to vote for term limits, there will be a challenger promising to uphold the voter’s will).
Done this way, it will pass.
I PROPOSE THIS:
A Joint Resolution to amend the Constitution
Sponsored and led by the Wyoming delegation in the House and the Senate
Limiting Senators to two terms (12 years total) and Representatives in the House to six terms (12 years total)
To be brought to a vote in October of 2020
Working with Senator Enzi and Rep. Liz Cheney, the Equality State will build on its legacy of leadership that began by allowing women to vote with the enactment of the greatest government reform in our lifetime.
I commit to fight for term limits.
Under no circumstances will I run for more than two terms as your U.S. Senator. Beyond that, if offered I would refuse any re-nomination for the Senate. I will do everything possible to bring term limits (two terms for Senators, six terms for House members) to a vote in the House and Senate late summer 2020.
- Dave Dodson