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REP GUNDRUM: The states must take charge if Congress can't be fiscally responsible

Published in Blog on June 04, 2021 by Convention Of States

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There's no question that our country is on a path to fiscal destruction. The national debt is out of control, and neither party is willing or able to reduce it. In the near-term, bad economic policies have caused inflation, a labor shortage, and the potential for economic stagnation. 

The federal government can't be trusted with our nation's finances, and as Wisconsin Rep. Rick Gundrum explained recently during floor testimony, the states have a way to take control.

"My constituents want to see the federal government on a fiscally sustainable path," he said. "They believe the federal government has been getting out of control. Our Founders established the ability to have a Convention of States for a reason. It's about checks and balances."

"The national debt now stands at over $28 trillion, and a Convention of States can help the endless rise of debt," he continued. "In Wisconsin, we know how to be fiscally responsible. If Congress can't be fiscally responsible, then states like Wisconsin should take charge, and need to take charge of our own destiny."

An Article V Convention of States has the power to propose constitutional amendments that limit federal power, mandate term limits, and control federal spending. These amendments, once ratified by 38 states after the convention, can force Congress to balance the budget, limit spending, and cap taxation. 

To join the movement in your state and let your legislators know you support a Convention of States, sign the petition below! As you heard from Rep. Gundrum, constituent support can make all the difference. 

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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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