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Defund the police? How about we defund Congress.

Published in Blog on June 15, 2020 by Convention Of States

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Calls to “defund the police” are growing louder by the minute, but we have a better idea: defund Congress.

Unlike the police, Congress uses taxpayer dollars to fund projects far outside their constitutional jurisdiction. 

Here are some examples of government expenditures authorized by Congress in a single year. They represent only a fraction of the waste that occurs each year in our nation’s capital:

  • $4.6 million on lobster tail 
  • $2.1 million on games, toys, and wheeled goods
  • $1.7 million on pianos, tubas, and trombones
  • $2.6 million on a weight-loss program for truck drivers
  • $3 million on EPA contractors who have done no work
  • $1.5 studying sleep habits at Mexico border

Enough is enough: it’s time to defund Congress -- and our Founders gave us a way in Article V of the Constitution.

Article V allows the people -- acting through the states -- to call a Convention of States for proposing constitutional amendments.

These amendments can effectively defund Congress by mandating a balanced budget (without raising taxes) and limiting the types of things on which Congress can spend money.

Here's how it works.

It takes 34 states to call a Convention of States. States "call" for this convention by passing a resolution instructing Congress to set a time and place for the convention.

Once 34 states pass these resolutions, the states meet to discuss and vote on amendment proposals. Each state gets one vote, and it takes a majority of states to pass any amendment proposal.

But the process isn't finished once the convention passes its amendments. As per Article V, those proposals are sent back to the states for ratification. Thirty-eight states must ratify any amendment proposal for it to be adopted in the Constitution. 

The process is safe, legal, and -- best of all -- effective. Using the Convention of States process, the states can defund Congress by limiting its budget, capping taxation, and forcing the feds to cute wasteful, unnecessary spending. 

Millions of Americans have voiced their support, and you can, too! Simply sign the Convention of States petition below, and we'll send it to your state legislators to let them know that their constituents want them to call the first-ever Article V Convention of States.

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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: https://conventionofstates.com/handbook_pdf

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Thank you so much for your service to the people of our district.

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