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Missouri Congressman Eric Burlison Endorses Convention of States 


Missouri Congressman Eric Burlison Endorses Convention of States 

Washington, D.C., August 24, 2023 – Convention of States Action is pleased to announce Missouri Congressman Eric Burlison has formally endorsed the Convention of States movement in its efforts to call an Article V convention.

Burlison, a Republican, currently represents the 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Burlison served in the Missouri Senate, representing constituents in the 20th Senatorial District from 2019-2023. He also served in the Missouri House of Representatives, representing constituents in Districts 133 (2013-2017) and 136 (2009-2013). Throughout his political career, he has served on numerous committees, subcommittees, and caucuses.

In his formal Convention of States endorsement, Burlison stated: "It is clear, Washington, D.C., will never fix itself. The States must act to save the country through a convention of states. It was an honor to carry the Convention of States' resolution during my time in the Missouri Legislature. One of my greatest legislative achievements occurred when Missouri became the 12th state to pass this resolution in 2017. The Article V convention of states process is the only peaceful and constitutional solution that is as big as the problems we face as a country." 

Convention of States Action is a 501c(4) organization committed to teaching the principles of self-governance and the Article V convention process to restore constitutional governance. With over 5.4 million supporters nationwide, the COS Resolution has passed in 19 state legislatures. Article V requires 2/3s of the several states (34) to pass substantively identical applications to call an Article V convention. Any proposals passed out of an Article V convention must be ratified by three-fourths of the several states (38) before the Constitution is amended.



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Physicians for COS

The diagnosis is clear.

We have a growing cancer today known as the Obamacare. As a result physicians are no longer free to practice medicine.

No profession feels the full force of the federal government more than physicians. The medical profession is the most highly regulated profession in the United States. The practice of medicine is controlled, taxed, and regulated to the point of being destroyed by the heavy hand of the federal government.

Physicians are told how to bill, how much to charge, and how to treat patients. They are mandated to use expensive electronic medical records. The federally enacted HIPPA (Health Information Privacy and Portability Act) makes the communication between physicians and atients burdensome, inefficient,and expensive. Every physician is required by federal mandate to register with the government to obtain an NPI (national provider identifier.) We are required by federal law to obtain and pay for a license to prescribe medication through the DEA, which is separate from our state licensure.

This heavy hand of government not only oversees the largest federal health bureaucracy ever created, but by extension reaches into every state, every city, and every small town to regulate how every licensed physician practices the art of medicine and how citizens obtain care.

The treatment is also clear.

The prescription for a cure was written into our constitution by our founders. Article V of our constitution allows for the states to call for a convention of states to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government through the proposal of constitutional amendments. Physicians should be the strongest supporters of this brilliantly-crafted states’ rights tool placed into our constitution by our founders.

I urge my fellow American physicians to join with me in supporting an Article V Convention of States to take back control of the practice of medicine. It’s the only way that we can return the practice of medicine back to the intimate relationship between a doctor and patient without interference by the heavy hand of a distant, national government.

Jeffrey I. Barke, M.D. Family Physician Newport Beach, CA
Convention of states action

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