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Can Congress address immigration, healthcare before 2020? Massive majority of voters say "No!"

Published in Blog on April 15, 2019 by Convention Of States

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A full 57 percent of American voters believe it is "unlikely" that Congress can address the "major issues" facing our nation before the 2020 election, according to a recent poll by Scott Rasmussen. 

That number includes 30 percent who believe Congress is "somewhat unlikely" to act on issues like immigration and healthcare and another 27 percent who believe it is "very unlikely."

On the other end of the spectrum, only 12 percent of voters said Congress is "very likely" to address these problems while another 20 percent put the odds at "somewhat likely."

Whatever the exact numbers, the larger problem is clear: the American people don't believe Congress has the will or the courage to act decisively to fix our nation's most pressing threats.

Some might excuse our elected representatives by pointing out that Congress is divided -- the Democrats control the House and the Republicans control the Senate. But does Congress act when one party controls both chambers?

Did Republicans fix Obamacare between 2016 and 2018? Did they "repeal and replace" as they promised so many times on the campaign trail? And did they do anything to address the mounting crisis at our southern border? Did they harden our border security systems or create easier paths to legal immigration?

No. They made excuses until the Democrats took back the House, and now they're blaming the Dems for their stalled and failing "solutions" to these and other problems. 

It's time to hold Congress accountable for their inability to work with the other party towards the common good of the American people. They've had their chance to fix our country -- We the People are about to take control.

Fifteen states and millions of Americans have thus far joined the nationwide movement to call an Article V Convention of States. A Convention of States is called and controlled by the states and has the power to propose constitutional amendments that limit the power of the federal government.

These amendments can shrink Congress's jurisdiction and put them back in the constitutional box imagined by the founders. These amendments can clarify that the Commerce Clause does not give Congress a blank check to legislate on all forms of U.S. business, and the General Welfare clause does not give them free reign over every other aspect of American life.

Nothing will force our elected officials to be competent. But a Convention of States can return the issues they refuse to address back to the states and the people, where real solutions can be developed for the good of all Americans. 

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