A few hours ago the Tennessee Senate, by a vote of 28-0-1, passed a resolution seeking an Article V convention for the sole purpose of proposing a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The vote reflected the overwhelming sense of the American people that runaway federal spending and deficits will never be brought under control unless the states use the power that the Framers of the Constitution gave them under Article V to check the excesses of the federal government. As Tennessee state senator Stacey Campfield put it, "[i]t has become unfortunately obvious to me that the federal government has no willingness to curtail their own spending." While Senator Campfield acknowledged concerns regarding a so-called "runaway convention," he noted that these concerns were adequately addressed by Article V's requirement that three-quarters of the states ratify any amendment proposed by an Article V convention, as well as further safeguards such as enactment of "faithful delegate" laws. Moreover, she stated, "the fear of the damage caused by an economic collapse overpowers almost all other realistic concerns."
Tennessee's action comes on the heels of similar actions by many other states. Just last month, Georgia became the 21st state to call for an Article V convention to proposed a balanced budget amendment (following Ohio, which became the 20th state to act in November 2013),and the Wisconsin House and the Arizona Senate passed resolutions calling for such a convention. Michigan and South Carolina have also passed applications through one house, and a number of other states will consider Article V resolutions this year.
Please ensure that Utah continues this momentum by passing HJR 8 tomorrow. A vote against this resolution would signal that the states are not serious about exercising their constitutional powers and would encourage the Obama administration to continue its reckless and unsustainable course toward greater spending and deficits. If you have any questions about this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me or visit bba4usa.com.