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

02/25/2013 06:13 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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Nick Storm joined cn|2 in December 2011 as a reporter for Pure Politics. Throughout his career, Nick has covered several big political stories up close, including interviewing President Barack Obama on the campaign trail back in 2008. Nick says he loves being at the forefront of Kentucky politics and working with the brightest journalists in the commonwealth. Follow Nick on Twitter @Nick_Storm. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.

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Comments

  • viewer wrote on February 25, 2013 06:55 PM :

    I have been very critical of Congressman Barr. I didn’t like the way he took advantage of the coal miners in his campaign, but I have never voted for Ben Chandler for anything. I have to give credit where credit is due. I have called for this rule for several years. Thank you, Congressman Barr. I don’t know if it will pass, but I like the gesture and the thought you put into this. Me and you might be able to work together after all. Well done.

  • viewer wrote on February 26, 2013 08:46 AM :

    We need to vote on the 27th amendment also. You cant do anything about what this congress gets paid , but you can cut the next group with a vote. If all federal employees but congress members is losing pay , its only right for the leaders to vote to cut their pay aswell.

  • St. Francis wrote on February 26, 2013 02:54 PM :

    12 days in Congress it too long for this nitwit.

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