Washington (CNN) - A handful of Republican senators have proposed a Constitutional amendment to limit the amount of time a person may serve in Congress.
Currently, there are no term limits for federal lawmakers, but Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, and several of his colleagues are advocating that service in the Senate be limited to 12 years, while lawmakers would only be allowed to serve 6 years in the House.
"Americans know real change in Washington will never happen until we end the era of permanent politicians," DeMint said in a statement released by his office. "As long as members have the chance to spend their lives in Washington, their interests will always skew toward spending taxpayer dollars to buyoff special interests, covering over corruption in the bureaucracy, fundraising, relationship building among lobbyists, and trading favors for pork – in short, amassing their own power."
Two-thirds of the House and Senate would need to approve the amendment - a stumbling block that short-circuited the idea 14 years ago. The new proposal echoes the Citizen Legislature Act, part of the original Contract with America proposed by Republicans before they won control of Congress in 1994. That measure, which would have allowed both senators and members of the House to serve just 12 years, won a majority in the Republican-controlled House in 1995, but failed because it did not meet the constitutionally-required two-thirds threshold.
(CNN) - Before making judgments about the shootings at Fort Hood, a thorough investigation needs to take place, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said Thursday.
"It is imperative that we take the time to gather all the facts, as it would be irresponsible to be the source of rumors or inaccurate information regarding such a horrific event," Cornyn said in a statement.
"Once we have ascertained all the facts, working with our military leaders and law enforcement officials on the ground, we can determine what exactly happened at Fort Hood today and how to prevent something like this from ever happening again," he said.
(CNN) - Two-term Texas Gov. Rick Perry has already gotten a re-election nod from Sarah Palin, last year's GOP vice presidential nominee. Now primary rival Kay Bailey Hutchison is snagging the endorsement of the man Palin was running to replace.
The Hutchison campaign confirmed Wednesday that former Vice President Dick Cheney - whose low approval ratings might mark him a political liability in most other parts of the country - is endorsing Hutchison's bid, and will raise money for her in Houston on Nov. 17.
Hutchison, who has said she plans to resign her Senate seat but hasn't yet revealed when that might occur, is planning to challenge Perry in next year's Republican primary.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – RickPerry.org, the official re-election Web site of Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry was hacked Tuesday during a live Web broadcast, his campaign claimed. The site went down for approximately 10 minutes at 11:20 a.m. central time.
"Today's 'Talkin' Texas' webcast by Gov. Perry was deliberately interrupted by a denial-of-service attack, preventing countless users from logging in to view the Governor's remarks," Rick Perry Spokesman Mark Miner said in a statement e-mailed to reporters. "This planned and coordinated attack was political sabotage, and we are working to identify those responsible for this illegal activity."
Pressed on whether or not he thought the campaign of Perry's Republican primary opponent Kay Bailey Hutchison was behind the "sabotage," Miner responded: "I hope not. I hope they would not be that stupid."
The Hutchison campaign denied being behind the attack and aides said that they are "skeptical" Perry's site was even hacked.
(CNN) - One day after Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison formally challenged him for his job, Texas Gov. Rick Perry fired back.
"I understand the senator's been in Washington for 16 years, and she may not have a grasp of what's going on in the state of Texas. She may not know or understand the progress we've made in this state," Perry said at a news conference Tuesday in Austin, Texas.
Hutchison officially announced her bid for Texas governor Monday, The move pitted her against Perry, a fellow Republican, and sparked what could be a bitter intra-party fight in the Lone Star State. As she kicked off a five-day, 19-stop "Texas Can Do Better" tour, the four-term U.S. senator slammed Perry's years in office for what she calls arrogance and mistakes, and she said "he's trying to stay too long - 14 years, maybe longer."
(CNN) - Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison formally announced her bid for Texas governor Monday morning, challenging fellow Republican and incumbent Rick Perry and sparking what could be a bitter intra-party fight in the Lone Star State.
"It is with pride and humility for history that I announce today that I am a candidate for Governor of Texas," Hutchison said in remarks prepared for delivery in La Marque, Texas. The town will be her first stop in a five-day, 19-stop "Texas Can Do Better" tour.
The four-term senator graduated from high school in La Marque in 1961.
"Let me start by saying this about Rick Perry. He's a dedicated public servant. I know he loves Texas. But now he's trying to stay too long - 14 years, maybe longer," said Hutchison.
Perry took over as Texas governor in late 2000, after then-Gov. George W. Bush stepped down to serve as president. Perry won election to a full term in 2002, and was re-elected four years later.
Hutchison says she'll give up her Senate seat later this year to focus solely on the governor's race.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
(CNN) - Fresh off her announcement she is running for governor, Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said Wednesday she expects to resign her Senate seat sometime in the fall, a move that will set up a pivotal special election next spring.
"The actual leaving of the Senate will be sometime - October, November - that, in that time frame," the Republican senator told Texas radio station KBH.
She later told reporters the resignation could come more toward the end of the year so she can be present for pivotal votes on health care and energy legislation.
Current Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whom Hutchison is challenging for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, is expected to appoint a replacement until the special election is held a few months later.
(CNN) - Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said Monday she will challenge Republican Gov. Rick Perry in a primary matchup and reported raising over $6.7 million for the bid in the first half of the year.
"Today I am announcing that the exploratory committee is closed," Hutchison said at a Dallas press conference. "The campaign for governor of Texas is open for business. I am so excited and ready to go."
The four term senator has made no secret about her interest in challenging the more conservative Perry, having established an exploratory committee and campaign staff months ago.
In her announcement Monday, Hutchison said the fundraising haul far exceeded her initial goal of $5 million and will leave the campaign with more than $12 million cash on hand.
The 65 year-old former Texas State Treasurer also said she plans a formal kickoff in August when she will have time to tour the state.
Hutchison's cash haul compares to the $4.2 million Perry raised during the same period, though the 59 year-old Texas governor was barred from raising any money until the end of the legislative session in June. A spokesman for Perry's campaign said the governor has more than $9 million cash on hand.
Praising the "depth and width" of her support, Hutchison dismissed suggestions she had more time than Perry to raise money.
"We both had six months, we were both asking for commitments. We were both out there asking for money," she said.
(CNN) - National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn said Thursday he expects fellow Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison will resign her seat "this fall sometime" to focus on a run for governor, according to the Houston Chronicle.
That would set up a special election in the spring of 2010 that could prove to be a headache for Republicans as they struggle to keep Democrats from getting a filibuster-proof 60 votes in the Senate.
"We certainly can't afford to lose that [Hutchison] seat," he said.
Hutchison has yet to formally announce she will challenge Gov. Rick Perry for the GOP gubernatorial nomination. But the third-term senator announced an exploratory committee in December, and already has a Web site and staff in place, ready for a primary campaign.
Several Texas Democrats are already gearing up for a hypothetical special election to replace Hutchinson. That list includes Houston Mayor Bill White, who has raised more than $2 million for the race.
(CNN) - Sarah Palin is weighing in on a high-profile Republican primary race, endorsing Texas governor Rick Perry in his 2010 re-election bid over his potential challenger, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
In a fundraising letter sent to “Texas Republican Women” - a constituency that could be crucial to Hutchison should she decide to run - Palin stressed Perry’s commitment to conservative causes.
“He does what is right regardless of whether it is popular,” Palin’s letter said. “He walks the walk of a true conservative. And he sticks to his guns - and you know how I feel about guns!”