A billboard located in Fulton, NY on Rt. 481 at the railroad tracks is causing a stir among voters. U.S. Term Limits is calling out Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) for breaking her U.S. Term Limits campaign pledge. According to the organization, Representative Tenney pledged to support and cosponsor only the U.S. Term Limits amendment limiting U.S. Representatives to three terms and U.S. Senators to two terms. However, she is now in Congress, and she has broken her pledge by sponsoring a bill limiting Congress to longer terms, which has been ardently opposed by voters.
The billboard is calling on Representative Tenney to keep her original pledge and withdraw her bill and only support the U.S. Term Limits amendment as she has pledged to do. Voters elected her, in part, due to her pledge to support the U.S. Term limits amendment backed overwhelmingly by voters.
The U.S. Term Limits amendment has been introduced in Congress calling for six years total in the U.S. House of Representatives and twelve years maximum in the U.S. Senate. In the House, Representative Ralph Norman (R-SC) introduced House Joint Resolution 11. There are 82 original cosponsors listed on the resolution. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has promised a floor vote on the U.S. Term Limits amendment. In the Senate, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) filed Senate Joint Resolution 2, a companion resolution to House Joint Resolution 11. It has 14 Senate co-sponsors. Currently, 130 members of Congress have pledged to support the U.S. Term Limits amendment, the highest-level support ever for this amendment.
“Running for office, Representative Tenney pledged to the voters that she would only support the U.S. Term Limits amendment limiting congressional terms,” said Nicolas Tomboulides, Executive Director of U.S. Term Limits. “Yet now in office, she has proposed a bill that would dilute the intention of limiting congressional terms that breaks her solemn pledge to voters to only sponsor and support term limits that limit House members to 3 terms and Senate members to 2 terms. Voters deserve to know how Representative Tenney is playing the D.C. game. We are encouraging Representative Tenney to apologize to her constituents for breaking the pledge she made when they elected her and for her to keep her word.”
The issue of term limits has been a contentious one in Congress, with some advocating for a constitutional amendment, while others believe it can be done through legislation. The U.S. Term Limits organization has been leading the charge for term limits, citing the need for fresh ideas and new perspectives in government. With increasing support for the U.S. Term Limits amendment, the pressure is on for lawmakers like Representative Tenney to keep their campaign promises and support term limits.
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