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Ben Shapiro: "Hey, guys, we need a constitutional amendment banning omnibus bills"

Published in Blog on September 10, 2020 by Convention Of States

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Every year, our federal politicians pass massive spending bills called "omnibus packages." These bills fund everything from the military to the EPA, and most legislators don't even read a fraction of them.

The problem with these bills, as Ben Shapiro explained on a recent episode of his show, is that they give our representatives plausible deniability whenever they pass something that wastes or misuses our money.

"Congresspeople aren't answerable for any of the stuff they pass," he said.

To fix this problem, we need transparency in the voting process. Shapiro recommended a constitutional amendment than bans omnibus packages. Every expenditure should be voted on in an up-or-down vote, and the total bill shouldn't be more than a few pages.

We think this is a great idea, but Congress will never vote to limit their ability to spend our money without consequences. 

To reform our nation's spending practices, we need to call an Article V Convention of States.

A Convention of States is called and controlled by the states. It has the power to propose its own constitutional amendments, which are then ratified by 38 states after the convention.

The omnibus amendment Shapiro recommends could very well be considered under the Convention of States Project Article V Resolution. Our resolution allows for amendments that force Congress to be fiscally responsible, and this amendment would do just that. 

Fifteen states have passed our resolution, and millions of Americans have voiced their support. Join the movement by signing the petition below!

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