STATEMENT: Rep. Ro Khanna on Term Limits and Political Reform in Congress
Washington, D.C. — Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) released the following remarks in advance of giving his inaugural floor speech as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. At approximately 7:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm PT, he will address the need for reform in Congress, including a commitment to refuse political donations from PACs and lobbyists and instituting term limits for elected officials.
These are as prepared. Tune in to watch on C-SPAN.
Mr. Speaker, I am the son of immigrants, born in Philadelphia as the nation celebrated our bicentennial. I ran for Congress because we have lost sight of our founding ideals. In Federalist 10, James Madison warned that factions, with their own special interests, may undermine the public good. Today, Congress is crippled by these factions: powerful PACs and lobbyists. This must change.
I am proud to be one of only six members who refuse all contributions from PACs. And we need a bipartisan caucus to eradicate their influence.
We also cannot let congressional seats become feudal estates. The turnover rate here in the People's House is less than European monarchies. Congress desperately needs a 12-year term limit like there is in the California legislature.
Mr. Speaker, banning PAC money and instituting term limits are necessary steps to restore our democracy.
About the Office
Congressman Khanna represents the 17th District of California, which covers the Silicon Valley communities of Cupertino, Fremont, Newark, Santa Clara, and Sunnyvale. Visit his website at khanna.house.gov. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter @RepRoKhanna.
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