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Trump needs to address Congress' irresponsible spending in State of the Union

Published in Blog on February 01, 2019 by Convention Of States

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President Trump is set to address the nation next week, and he's likely to touch on a few of the most important issues from the latest news cycle.

But there's one issue that may be more important than any other: our national spending crisis.

As Romina Boccia at the Daily Signal points out, we can't afford another budget-busting spending package.

Sixty-eight thousand dollars for every man, woman, and child. That’s what the $22 trillion national debt amounts to. The debt is growing at a rapid pace with annual deficits projected to exceed $1 trillion for the foreseeable future. Congress and the administration should seize the opportunity this year to pair any increase in the debt limit with significant fiscal restraints.

Trump should make it crystal clear that the administration will not support an increase in the debt limit without commensurate budget reforms that reduce and control spending. 

Trump should also set the stage for Budget Control Act negotiations this year by demanding that any increase in the spending caps for discretionary spending must be paid for with spending reductions to duplicative, wasteful, and inappropriate federal spending.

America cannot afford another deficit-busting budget deal.

Unfortunately, Congress is unlikely to pass any kind of legislation that limits their ability to use taxpayer dollars to pad the pockets of their special interest cronies.

That's why, if the President really wants to get our nation's finances under control, he'll throw his weight behind a Convention of States.

A Convention of States has the power to propose constitutional amendments that force the feds to be fiscally responsible. These amendments can mandate a balanced budget, along with spending limits and tax caps.

The national debt is one of the most serious existential crises our nation is facing. Congress has had its chance. It's time to take matters into our own hands. 

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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.

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