Congress’s lack of courage in addressing the national debt crisis has put this country on the brink of fiscal disaster. In response, many States are now asserting their right to a convention of the States under Article V of the Constitution. This convention would adopt a common-sense fiscal responsibility amendment forcing Congress to halt their irresponsible runaway spending and stop bloating of the national debt. Under Article V of the Constitution, the Founders clearly intended that the States step in when the federal government is unable to act.
Over 300 AMAC Action advocates joined a webinar, hosted by AMAC Action President Bob Carlstrom along with AMAC Action advocates Mike Kapic and David Wilder on Wednesday, January 17th. Webinar participants learned how AMAC Action advocates can engage to restore fiscal sanity in Washington, DC.
During the presentation, attendees were provided an update on current efforts by AMAC Action and its conservative allies and detailed information about how they can engage to bring back power from Washington, DC by forcing a convention of the States under Article V of the Constitution. They learned how State’s Attorneys General are being invited to join in a mandamus suit for a Declaratory Judgment with other States to compel Congress to act and call for the Convention to draft and the people to ratify a Fiscal Responsibility Amendment to our Constitution.
Briefly, Article V of the Constitution States in part:
“The Congress…on the Application of the Legislatures of two-thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for Proposing Amendments, which, … shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three-fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress;…”
As of 1979, more than 34 States filed applications that enable a Convention to address the runaway spending and exploding national debt through a Fiscal Responsibility Amendment, thereby meeting the Constitution’s 2/3rds threshold requirement. Yet Congress failed its constitutional directive to call the Convention. This ongoing failure of Congress is an affront to the Constitution, the States, and “We the People” as the Constitution begins.
The webinar activated participants to sending letters and follow-up to:
- their respective Member of Congress to support the House Concurrent Resolution to call the conference,
- to their State legislative representatives to push both their State’s congressional delegation, and
- to urge their State’s Attorney General to join other States in filing the suit against Congress, which will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court toward gaining a directive to Congress to act and call the convention.
The State of Utah is leading the charge on the mandamus suit. There will be more to come as this enormous and critically needed initiative develops in the coming months.