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Congressman Jodey Arrington

Representing the 19th District of Texas

Arrington, Khanna Introduce Bipartisan Term Limits Legislation

May 18, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON -  Congressman Jodey Arrington, a Republican from Texas, and Congressman Ro Khanna, a Democrat from California, today were the first Members of Congress to jointly introduce bipartisan term limits legislation in the 115th Congress. The legislation would limit members of the U.S. House of Representatives to serving six two-year terms and members of the U.S. Senate to serving two six-year terms.

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Arrington says, "It is my strong belief that we cannot change the course of our country in any meaningful way without changing the culture of Washington. We need an environment that encourages politicians to do what is right- not for their party or special interests- but for their country. That is why I am proud to work in a bipartisan manner alongside my colleague, Congressman Ro Khanna, to fight for term limits in Congress.”

Congress has a lower turnover rate than European monarchies, with 97 percent of Representatives and 93 percent of Senators winning reelection.

“Enacting term limits will give more voices the opportunity to serve in Congress and bring fresh ideas and new energy to Capitol Hill,” said Rep. Ro Khanna“Being a member of Congress needn’t be a lifetime gig, but instead more people should have the chance to work in public service.”

President Trump has said previously he would support term limits on all members of Congress, stating in part, “Decades of failure in Washington and decades of special interest dealing must and will come to an end.”

The legislation would not penalize a Member of Congress for years served following a special election or appointment, prior to their own re-election. 

The congressmen will discuss the bill during a Facebook Live Q&A at 5:00 pm Eastern today. Visit https://www.facebook.com/JodeyArrington/ to tune in.

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