One of the rallying cries of the Trump campaign that really resonated with the American people was his promise to “drain the swamp.” Voters are rightfully sick of the corruption that finds a home in our nation’s capital, and expressed that disdain by electing Donald Trump to fix it.
Work to drain the swamp began immediately after the election, when Trump fired all of the lobbyists on his transition team. Since then, he’s been working to put together a team sure to terrify the special interests machine that dominates Washington.
Former primary rival Sen. Ted Cruz is joining in, introducing a constitutional amendment sure to aid Trump in fulfilling his promise to drain the swamp. From the Washington Examiner:
Sen. Ted Cruz announced Friday that he will introduce a constitutional amendment to limit the number of terms members of the Senate and the House of Representatives can serve.
Cruz, along with Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., made the announcement in an op-ed in the Washington Post, and said their plan is a great way to implement President-elect Trump’s plan to “drain the swamp.” The proposal would limit members of the Senate to two terms, while members of the House would be limited to three terms in office.
“On Election Day, the American people made a resounding call to ‘drain the swamp’ that is modern Washington. Yet on Capitol Hill, we seem mired in the same cycle of complacency,” wrote the pair of conservative lawmakers. “The game hasn’t changed, and the players remain the same. Thankfully, there’s a solution available that, while stymied by the permanent political class, enjoys broad public support.”
Pushing this amendment through would go a long way to root out the corruption in the federal government. Politicians with unlimited terms have shifted their focus from representing their constituents to winning the next election. Winning the favor of big-time donors has become more important than winning over the voters who put them in office. This reality has given the lobbyists on Capitol Hill more power than the people themselves.
The introduction of this amendment also shows just how much impact the president-elect is having on policy before he even takes office. Allies and former adversaries alike have gotten together to start moving the country forward after the disastrous eight years of President Obama. If this amendment is any indication, that process shows no signs of slowing down in the near future.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]