Article V rule change passes on House floor

Article V rule change passes on House floor

Article V rule change passes on House floor

WASHINGTON — Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) amendment to the House Rules passed by a vote on the House Floor this week. Stivers’ rule change will help support the nation-wide push for a federal Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA), by creating a system for the U.S. House of Representatives to track, document and count the number of incoming Article V Constitutional Convention petitions from state legislatures.

“I am pleased my colleagues supported my addition to the House Rules this week,” Stivers said. “I believe a Balanced Budget Amendment is the only way to stop out-of-control government spending. I hope the passage of this rule will put us one step closer to fiscal responsibility and the inclusion of the BBA in the United States Constitution.”

Amendments to the United States Constitution can be made by a vote of Congress. However, the Constitution can also be amended if two-thirds, or 34, of the state legislatures call for a limited convention to discuss an amendment on a specific topic, such as the BBA. Once a Convention is convened 38 states, or three-fourths, must ratify any constitutional amendment. However, without the rule change that Stivers authored, there is no way to know how many states have petitioned on any specific subject, which would result in the process being stalled.

Specifically, the rule creates a process for the intake of the petitions through the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and gives the Clerk’s Office the responsibility of making the petitions electronically available and organized by the subject, state of origin and year of receipt. This will allow Congress, as well as the American people, to better track the progress of specific Article V efforts. Prior to Stivers’ rule update, no formal process for cataloging the petitions existed.

Ohio is one of 24 states that have already sent Congress a petition requesting a limited constitutional convention on the BBA.

According to his office, Stivers is a strong supporter of Governor John Kasich’s efforts to encourage additional states to call for a limited constitutional convention on the Balanced Budget Amendment.

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  1. Paul H. Lemmen says:

    Reblogged this on A Conservative Christian Man.

  2. I suspect there will be acute shortages of “Depends” in the Nation’s Capitol as this process rolls forward. Wet pants all around!

  3. davidfarrar says:

    I still say there ought to be an amendment proposed to clearly define an Art. II §I cl. 5 natural born Citizen as a person born “subject to no foreign powers”, which is already the law of the land via the 1866/1875 Civil Rights Act. Wars in the past have been started over a lot less of an issue. Besides, when we say ‘We the People’, there should be no ambiguity as to who “we” are.

    ex animo

    • Hi David,
      I’ve seen your posts on the Legal Insurrection site about Natural born Citizens. I agree with Professor Jacobson that we will never 100% know what the framers meant by that term. However, any person who was born a citizen without having to go through the naturalization process seems to be the logical definition.

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