Donald Trump announced on Tuesday at a campaign rally in Colorado Springs his intention to push for a constitutional amendment setting term limits for all members of Congress.
Trump spoke about his desire to “break the cycle of corruption” in Washington, D.C. if he is elected president and told the crowd it was time to “drain the swamp” of special interests.
He recited portions of his newly unveiled ethics reform proposal and told the crowd another major announcement which is part of his plan.
“If I’m elected president I will push for a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress.”
“Decades of failure in Washington and decades of special-interest dealing must and will come to an end – not only will it end our government corruption, but we will end the economic stagnation that we’re in right now — no growth,” Trump said as the room erupted in cheers.
According to Bryan Naylor, NRP, the idea of capping how long lawmakers can spend in Washington is popular with many in the GOP and has been proposed before, most notably as part of the Republicans’ “Contract with America” in 1994.
That proposal would have limited House members to two, two-year terms and senators to two six-year terms.
Trump’s proposal comes a day after he offered a five-point package of ethics reforms:
- Instituting a five-year ban on all executive branch officials from lobbying the government after they leave government service. (Currently officials are barred from lobbying the agency they leave for one or two years, depending on their seniority.)
- Calling on Congress to impose its own five-year ban on former members and their staffs from lobbying. (Currently the prohibition is one year for House members and two years for senators.)
- Expanding the definition of a lobbyist to close the loopholes that Trump says allow former government officials to label themselves consultants and advisers “when we all know they are lobbyists.”
- Issuing a lifetime ban on senior executive branch officials from lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.
- Asking Congress to pass campaign finance reform that would prevent registered foreign lobbyists from raising money in American elections.
Harper Neidig, The Hill, reported that Trump also wants Congress to pass a law preventing all administration officials, lawmakers and congressional aides from lobbying the government for five years after leaving public service.
His plan additionally includes a call for Congress to pass legislation banning registered foreign agents from raising money in U.S. elections.
Trump promised as part of the plan to close loopholes that allow former government officials to call “themselves consultants and advisers when we all know they are lobbyists.”