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Gianforte, Other Freshmen Lawmakers Introduce Term Limits Legislation Following Meeting With President Trump

May 10, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of six first-term lawmakers, including Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte, today introduced a Constitutional amendment to limit the number of terms an individual may serve as a member of Congress. The legislation limits congressional terms to twelve years in both chambers, six two-year terms in the House and two six-year terms in the Senate.

The legislation’s introduction follows a meeting the freshmen lawmakers had with President Trump in April. Shortly after their meeting, the President tweeted, “I recently had a terrific meeting with a bipartisan group of freshman lawmakers who feel very strongly in favor of Congressional term limits. I gave them my full support and endorsement for their efforts. #DrainTheSwamp”

“Washington is busted and broken. Our nation’s founders intended for citizen legislators to lead. They didn’t intend for them to become professional politicians logging years upon years in Washington, living high on the hog,” Gianforte said. “I’m proud to join my colleagues and President Trump as we work to bring term limits to Congress and clean up Washington so it works for Montanans, not D.C. insiders.”

The term limits would apply to members of the 115th Congress and every session of Congress going forward. To read full text of the Constitutional amendment, click HERE.

In addition to Gianforte, the bipartisan group of first-term legislators includes Reps. Jodey Arrington (R-Texas), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), and Vicente Gonzalez (D-Texas), and Ro Khanna (D-Calif.).

On his first day in office, Gianforte cosponsored measures to clean up Washington, including a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution and a bill banning members of Congress from lobbying. Gianforte also introduced legislation that would withhold pay from members of Congress if they fail to pass a balanced budget.