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Donald Trump Is Calling for Congressional Term Limits

October 19, 2016, 9:56 AM UTC
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, in Grand Junction, Colo. (AP Photo/ Brennan Linsley)
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Donald Trump on Tuesday said that he’ll push for a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on members of Congress if he’s elected to the White House.

The proposal, announced at rallies in Colorado Springs and Grand Junction, came as the GOP nominee sharpened his focus on cracking down on government corruption. The Republican presidential nominee said he would propose a six-year limit for members of the House and a 12-year limit for members of the Senate.

“Decades of failure in Washington and decades of special-interest dealing, must and will come to an end,” he said. “We have to break the cycle of corruption.”

Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, served 12 years, or six terms, in the House.


In recent days Trump has added to a list of proposed ethics reforms, including prohibiting executive branch officials and members of Congress and their staffs from lobbying the government for five years after they leave office. He has also proposed expanding the definition of lobbyist and banning senior executive branch officials from lobbying on behalf of foreign governments at any time in their lives.

Trump has increasingly lashed out at congressional leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, and criticized members of the GOP who have declined to support his bid.

Trump had previously said that he would “look into” the issue of congressional term limits, which came up occasionally during question-and-answer sessions over the course of his campaign.