States Request Constitutional Change to Hold DC in Check

States Request Constitutional Change to Hold DC in Check

( – A Constitutional amendment is achievable in two ways. Either two-thirds of US Congress members can pass a joint resolution to make a change, or two-thirds of state legislatures can vote to compel Congress to call a convention. The latter method has never successfully altered our nation’s founding document, but that might be about to change.

The Convention of States Project (COS) has been in operation for nine years. Its goal is to persuade states to change the Constitution to make the federal government less powerful. Last week, Nebraska and Wisconsin both expressed their support for the campaign, meaning it now has 17 of the 34 states it needs to get the job done.

The project leaders propose introducing term limits for federal lawmakers and US government officials. They also want to limit the federal government’s authority in various ways, including matters related to taxation and spending. Advocates say a convention of states would take back power from an increasingly overreaching federal government. Critics (on both sides of the political aisle) say the convention of states could make for a messy replacement, as it would theoretically have the power to effect any Constitutional change it wanted.

Amending the US Constitution is no easy task; of the 11,000 amendments that have been floated since 1798, only 27 have actually gone into force. Might this campaign mark the 28th Amendment and the first to have come from the states?

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