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.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.

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