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New Hampshire legislator: We can be the 20th state to tell Congress they 'suck'

Published in Blog on February 24, 2023 by Brianna Kraemer

The "Live Free or Die" state considered the resolution calling for a Convention of States on the House floor Thursday afternoon. 

Unrestrained by political correctness, Libertarian Rep. Brandon Phinney articulated to his colleagues what most politicians aren’t willing to say: our federal government sucks.

"Nineteen states total have passed applications for a convention to propose all three amendments. We can be the 20th state to tell our federal Congress that they suck," said Rep. Phinney, one of the resolution's co-sponsors.

The entire chamber burst into laughter. After a pause, the House speaker responded to the blunt statement.

"That's inappropriate."

Phinney replied, "I apologize... We know the truth."

Phinney explained one of the reasons he is so aggressive about a Convention of States is because of our $32 trillion national debt. He said the Article V solution is "the only way to reform the government, to make it work for the people again, and to force Congress to stop ignoring us."

Following the debate, a vote occurred in which 150 representatives voted in favor of the resolution and 198 voted against it, ultimately dying on the House floor. This was a disappointment, but the earlier committee passage of the resolution with a 13-5 bipartisan recommendation represents major progress in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire has the largest state legislature makeup in the nation, totaling 400 members in the House. While the state, unfortunately, won't be the 20th to tell Washington politicians 'they suck,' other states like Wyoming and Iowa are making great strides towards calling a convention.  

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