HOUSTON — What would it take to put term limits on Congress and how would that process play out? That’s a question viewer Geni submitted to Verify.
Geni sent that email after seeing memes circulating online that point out, correctly, that the 22nd Amendment sets term limits on the U.S. President, and ask why Congress isn’t subjected to the same rules.
The old debate’s gotten new attention since President Donald Trump put it back in the spotlight during his 2016 campaign.
Nonpartisan think tank Pew Research Center says by 1995, nearly half of all states had put in laws or changed their state constitutions, almost all citizen-driven, to limit terms of their federal senators and representatives.
But that May, the Supreme Court ruled that an amendment to the U.S. Constitution was the only way to impose term limits. The most likely way that would happen? Two-thirds of the House and Senate approve the proposal, followed by three-fourths of the states.
In January, Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Francis Rooney proposed a Constitutional amendment limiting Senators to two six-year terms and house members to three two-year terms.
KHOU can verify that a Congressional term limits can only happen through a Constitutional amendment because of a Supreme Court.