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'Protecting and defending the Constitution': COS garners bipartisan support in Keystone State

Published in Blog on March 17, 2023 by Jakob Fay

It doesn’t really matter who you are, or your political leanings—most Americans can see that our federal government is out of control, and at any given moment, is a threat to us all. We’re terrified of our federal government, no matter who’s in charge, which is why Convention of States should be a bipartisan issue.

All Americans should desire to see power brought back to their states, where decisions can be made closest to home.

That's why we’re thrilled to announce the Convention of States resolution has been introduced in Pennsylvania with bipartisan support, sponsored by Rep. Frank Burns, a Democrat, and Rep. Dawn Keefer, a Republican.

They wrote in their memorandum concerning Article V: “Today, the federal government makes too many of the policies left to the states under our Constitution. When policies are made closer to home, at the state level, regular citizens have far greater access to the process and an opportunity to have their voices heard and considered. Nationwide polling conducted by Trafalgar Group last year revealed that nearly 2/3s of the American people--across party lines--support a convention of the states for the topics stated in this resolution.”

Burns and Keefer go on to explain how an Article V Convention would work. They then note: “We are sure many of you frequently hear constituents expressing a desire for someone to “do something about that mess in Washington.” This resolution reflects our willingness as state legislators to exercise our proper role in protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States by using the constitutional “check” that was provided to us by our Founding Fathers to exercise control over a runaway federal government. I ask you to please join us in supporting this resolution.”

The grassroots in the Keystone State are hard at work to make Pennsylvania state #20 and are thrilled by Burns’ and Keefer’s support. To urge your state legislature to join us in supporting this important cause to save our country, sign the Convention of States petition below.

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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:

I ask that you support the Convention of States Project and consider becoming a co-sponsor of the resolution. Please respond to my request by informing the national COS team of your position, or sending them any questions you may have: or (540) 441-7227.

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