Barr points to sequester impasse as reason to pass term limit bill he introduced

02/25/2013 05:13 PM

As Washington strains under partisan divide, Kentucky freshman U.S. Rep. Andy Barr filed a resolution Monday to apply term limits to his Congressional colleagues.

Barr, a Republican from Lexington, introduced House Joint Resolution 26:: , which caps at 12 the number of consecutive years which members of the House and the Senate could serve in office — meaning two full Senate terms and six full House terms.

These limits would apply after two-thirds of the states have ratified the amendment.

“During my first two months in Congress, I have seen why this amendment is more essential than ever,” Barr said in a statement. “Despite the polarized environment in Washington, my freshman colleagues and I were able to form a bipartisan working group committed to addressing Washington’s spending problem and achieving genuine reform.”

The resolution has been assigned to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee and is co-sponsored by several representatives, including Republican U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, who represents Kentucky’s 4th District in Northern Kentucky.

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