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Reform Washington, Enact Term Limits

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Dear Friend,

These past two weeks I've been traveling around Louisiana holding 14 town hall meetings in 14 different parishes to hear from you. We had excellent turnout and many folks had the same top concerns, like the wasteful spending habits in Washington and the mountain of debt being piled on our children and grandchildren.

I can't speak for my colleagues in the U.S. Senate, but hearing common sense concerns from Louisianians makes things clear -- Washington needs to be reformed.

Just before I headed home, U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint and I, along with nine of our colleagues, introduced an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would apply term limits to all members of Congress.

If ever there was a time to enact such meaningful legislation, it's now as we're facing trillion-dollar annual deficits due to the wasteful spending habits of Washington fixtures. Term limits are something I successfully fought for in the Louisiana Legislature -- where we've since seen real reforms -- and I will continue fighting for them in Congress.

Our legislation, S.J. Res. 11, would limit U.S. Representatives to three terms and U.S. Senators to two terms in office. As an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, it would require a two-thirds majority vote approval in the House and Senate and must be ratified by three-fourths of the states.

Thanks to everyone who came out to town hall meetings and I look forward to continue visiting with you about fixing what's broken in Washington.

Sincerely,

David Vitter
United States Senator


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