David Richter Calls for Three Constitutional
Amendments to Fix a Broken Congress
VINELAND, NJ – David Richter, Republican candidate running to represent New Jersey’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, announced yesterday that if elected, he intended to draft and introduce three proposed amendments to the United States Constitution to fix what he termed a “broken Congress.”
During a speech Richter gave last night to the New Jersey Constitutional Republicans at the Ramada Inn in Vineland, New Jersey, he said that “the biggest challenge to the long-term success of our country is our huge national debt, now more than $23 trillion and growing by an additional $1 trillion every year. We face within the next 20 to 30 years a national debt so high that it imperils the economic futures of not only ourselves but our children and grandchildren, as well.”
The three proposed amendments would include: (1) a Balanced Budget Amendment, which would require Congress, except in times of war, to enact and implement a balanced federal budget, (2) a Line-Item Veto Amendment, which would give the President the right to strike individual spending items from the federal budget passed by Congress, and (3) a Term-Limit Amendment, which would prohibit members from serving more than 12 consecutive years in the same house of Congress by limiting U.S. Senators to two consecutive terms and U.S. Representatives to six consecutive terms.
“The United States Constitution is the greatest political document ever drafted,” said Richter. “We don’t need to in any way fix it, but we do need fundamental structural change in how Congress operates or we risk within the next generation or two the insolvency of this great nation,” he added.
The New Jersey Constitutional Republicans is a group dedicated to restoring the initial principles of the Republican Party that are derived from the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. The group is dedicated to teaching citizens about our nation’s founding documents and the original intent our founders had for the purpose of government in securing the rights of the people who consent to be governed.
Richter is challenging former Democrat Jeff Van Drew for the Republican nomination for the Second District seat. “The citizens of South Jersey need a real Republican in Congress who will work hard for smaller government, lower taxes and secure borders, and who will fight to protect, not undermine, their constitutional rights. Despite his recent switch to the Republican Party, Van Drew voted with Speaker Nancy Pelosi 91% of the time last year and with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 84% of the time. He voted against the interests of small and family-owned businesses, against the interests of law-abiding gun owners, and against the interests of working families,” added Richter.
The Second District includes all of Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties, as well as parts of Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Ocean counties.
Richter is the former CEO of global construction management firm Hill International. A lifelong Republican, he grew up in and has spent most of his life living and working in South Jersey. He earned two bachelor’s degrees and a law degree from Penn as well as master’s degrees from Oxford and Harvard. Richter and his wife Michelle, who have been married for 20 years, are the parents of four daughters.
For more information on the David Richter for Congress campaign, please visit our website at www.Richter2020.com.