WASHINGTON, D.C. -- West Virginia State Senators want to term limit the U.S. Congress. Today, Senator Randy Smith introduced a resolution (SCR4) for West Virginia to participate in a national initiative for the states to propose a term limits amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- West Virginia State Senators want to term limit the U.S. Congress. Today, Senator Randy Smith introduced a resolution (SCR4) for West Virginia to participate in a national initiative for the states to propose a term limits amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The effort is being spearheaded by the nonpartisan, grassroots nonprofit, U.S. Term Limits.

SCR4 has the bipartisan support of 14 cosponsors: Mike Azinger, Stephen Baldwin, Donna Boley, Charles Clements, Sue Cline, Paul Hardesty, Mark Maynard, Rollan Roberts, Patricia Rucker, Chandler Swope, Dave Sypolt, Eric Tarr, Charles Trump, and Ryan Weld. To date, nearly 60 West Virginia legislators have signed the term limits pledge promising to support our efforts.

Senator Smith says, "With the shape that our Congress is in, there has never been a better time to do this than now. Congress has too much power and is not doing its job, so we the people are going to have to get it done. They won't fix it, so we need to fix it for them." 

The president of U.S. Term Limits, Philip Blumel commended the cosponsors of SCR4 for working together on such an important issue. Blumel said, “The people of West Virginia are lucky to have public servants who see what is going on in D.C. and are willing to take action to fix it. They know that Congress won't set term limits on itself. Therefore, it is the obligation of the states to do so.”

The high popularity of congressional term limits is undeniable. According to the most recent poll of West Virginians conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, 83% of likely voters support this issue while only 12% do not.

SCR4 is in the process of being assigned to committees for a vote before it makes its way to the floor of the West Virginia Senate.

If passed in both the W.V. House and Senate this session, West Virginia will be among the first states in the nation to file an application for the states to convene for the exclusive purpose of proposing term limits on the U.S. Congress. Once 34 state legislatures pass similar resolutions on the topic and approve the term limits amendment, it must be ratified by 38 states to become part of the U.S. Constitution.