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After years of skepticism, West Virginia House Delegate backs Convention of States

Published in Blog on May 03, 2021 by Convention Of States

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West Virginia Rep. Dianna Graves was a self-described "tough well" when it came to supporting the Convention of States Resolution.

Rep. Graves cares deeply about her country and her constituents, and she didn't want to support anything that could harm either.

But over the years, the arguments in favor of a Convention of States became so powerful that should could no longer withhold her support.

"The more I looked into the way [this resolution] is crafted, the more I comfortable I became. It's well thought out, based on logic. It is so carefully crafted that the scope is limited, which is one of my concerns. I do feel that we are protected."

Rep. Graves isn't alone. Every day, we hear from Convention of States supporters and volunteers who withheld their support because they had listened to fearmongering and misinformation. But once they began to do their own research, they realized that the Article V process is safe, legal, and most importantly, effective.

A Convention of States is called and controlled by the states. At this Convention, the states can propose constitutional amendments that limit the power of the federal government, impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, and mandate term limits for federal officials. These amendments can get our country back on track by restoring the balance of power between the states and Washington, and putting We the People back in control of our country's future.

And the process is safe, as Rep. Graves explains. All amendments proposed by a Convention must be ratified by at least 38 states before they become part of the Constitution. This high bar ensures that only the best, most popular amendments will become part of our founding document and that We the People will retain control of the process.

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Almost everyone knows that our federal government is on a dangerous course. The unsustainable debt combined with crushing regulations on states and businesses is a recipe for disaster.

What is less known is that the Founders gave state legislatures the power to act as a final check on abuses of power by Washington, DC. Article V of the U.S. Constitution authorizes the state legislatures to call a convention for proposing needed amendments to the Constitution. This process does not require the consent of the federal government in Washington, DC.

I support the Convention of States Project; a national effort to call a convention under Article V of the United States Constitution, restricted to proposing amendments that will impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit its power and jurisdiction, and impose term limits on its officials and members of Congress.

I want our state to be one of the necessary 34 states to pass a resolution calling for this kind of Article V Convention. You can find a copy of the model resolution and the Article V Pocket Guide (which explains the process and answers many questions) here:

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