Fact Check Friday - 7/24/2020

Senator Durbin on Term Limits

Minority Whip Durbin has served 23 years in the U.S. Senate and 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives for a total of 37 years in Congress.  Durbins entire professional career has been working for government.  Durbin opposes term limits because he has made millions off his wifes lobbying company.  Durbin wants another six years in the Senate so that he can make more money off the taxpayers.  It is shameful that Durbin has consistently been against term limits.  He supports them for other countries but not for the United States.  Durbin has been a fierce partisan member of Congress who put his own personal needs ahead of the people of Illinois.  He has been more concerned with preserving his power in Washington, D.C., and has forgotten the people of Illinois.  He has taken African Americans and Latinos for granted.  The facts below will show Durbins contempt for the people of Illinois and actions to maintain business as usual.

Career Politician Dick Durbin Opposes Term Limits:

  • In 2012, Durbin voted against an amendment that would have expressed the non-binding sense of the Senate that the constitution should be amended to place limits on the length of service for members of Congress (The Hill)

  • Durbin in debate on the Senate floor stated: “For some Members of Congress 20 years in office is not long enough” (The Hill)

  • In 2019, Durbin Passed a Resolution supporting democratic principles of term limits in Bolivia—but refuses to allow American citizens to vote on federal term limits (I-SPY)

  • In 1951, the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed limiting the term for President of the United States (Wikipedia)

  • In 2013, the Gallup Poll suggested 75 percent of Americans support congressional term limits (Constitution Daily)

  • Congressional term limits will force members of Congress to solve the critical issues and it will limit the influence of corrupt lobbyists, special interests, and corporate money (Constitution Daily)

I feel very strongly about term limits.  Serving in U.S. Congress should be a calling, not a career.  When I am elected, I will introduce legislation to allow the American people to vote for a constitutional amendment to limit the length of service for Members of Congress.  In Illinois, it is estimated that political corruption costs the taxpayers $550 million a year.  Sen. Durbin needs to know that 37 years of service in Congress is long enough. 


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