Federalism

A New Resource for Article V Information

The Balanced Budget Amendment Campaign Update published by the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force is an excellent resource for information about the Article V movement to propose a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) to the U.S. Constitution. Launched last August, this bi-weekly newsletter is a great way to stay on top of progress being made to secure the applications needed for the states to propose a BBA. Access the latest Balanced Budget Amendment Campaign Update here. Article V of the U.S. Constitution includes a powerful tool enabling the states to propose amendments to the Constitution. At this writing, twenty-eight of the thirty-four states required to submit applications to convene an Article V convention to consider a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution has submitted applications to compel Congress to convene a convention of states to propose a balanced budget amendment – just six more states to go. For more information on the Article V process and what state lawmakers should know, access the ALEC Article V Handbook here.

The national debt which topped $20 trillion last autumn was described by former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, USN (Ret.) as “[T]he most significant threat to our national security.” Rather than being spurred into action by reaching this ominous milestone, lawmakers in Washington are exacerbating the problem by potentially swelling the debt by another trillion dollars. Washington clearly lacks the political courage to tackle what has become an existential threat to the country which leaves it up to the states to act. Access The States Are Poised to Lead the Nation toward Fiscal Sustainability here. The Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force has long been a leader on this issue and the Balanced Budget Amendment Campaign Update is a welcome source of information on this important effort.


In Depth: Federalism

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