From: Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Conference Call: BBA Campaign Moves Forward Ohio and Michigan - Friday, October 18, 2013 at 4:00 EST
Date: Thu Oct 17 13:38:31 MDT 2013
Body:
BBA Campaign
Moves Forward Ohio and Michigan

Dear Honorable Dean Sanpei,  

 

You are invited to participate in the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force's weekly conference call to move forward the campaign to reach the necessary 34 state applications requesting a Convention for Proposing Amendments to solely consider a Balanced Budget Amendment.

  

We have assembled the nation's best experts on the history of Article V and the Balanced Budget Amendment. We hope you will join the campaign!

  

Please join us Fridays at 4:00 PM EST

  

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Conference Call Agenda

 

4:00 - 4:05 Self Introductions

 

4:06 - 4:15 Michigan in the Spotlight - Recap Recent Legislative Hearing

 

4:15 - 4:30 Next Steps Ohio BBA Campaign

 

4:30 - 4:45 Open Question Time for State Legislators

 

4:45 - 4:50 We Need Federal BBA Application Sponsors Montana, Wyoming!

 

4:40 - 4:55 Updates from the BBA Task Force and Coalition Members

 

4:56 - 5:00 New Business

 

 

In Liberty,

 

Scott Rogers

Executive Director

 

Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force

P.O. Box 1261

Leesburg, Virginia 20175

Phone:386-423-4744

E-mail: Info@BBA4USA.org

Website: www.BBA4USA.org

Michigan: Support a federal balanced budget amendment                           

By Charles Owens

 

Charles Owens is the Michigan director for the National Federation of Independent Business.

It is time for the states to step in and end the federal government's failure to address the basic budgeting to which every citizen and small business must adhere.

 

A process for doing just this was laid out by the framers of our Constitution in Article V. The Constitution provides that an amendment may be proposed either by the Congress with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the State legislatures. An effort is now underway to use this power given to the states to correct the federal malfeasance in managing the national purse.

 

The Michigan Senate Government Operations Committee held a hearing on Senate Joint Resolution V which petitions Congress to call a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution of the United States to require a balanced federal budget. The resolution, sponsored by Senator Mike Green, is part of a nationwide effort to use the Article V process outlined in the U.S. Constitution to move Congress toward adopting a Balanced Budget Amendment. The process requires 34 state legislatures to adopt similar resolutions that would call for a convention to adopt the amendment. Nineteen states have already passed the resolution.

 

A review of the history concerning the 17th Amendment to the Constitution illustrates that this is a realistic and achievable goal.

 

After almost 85 years of resistance, the U.S. Senate finally consented in 1913 to Congressional proposal of what became the 17th Amendment when it became apparent that the states were on the verge of succeeding with only one state needed to call a convention under Article V. Whether the Article V effort motivates Congress to act or it succeeds on its own, taxpayers and citizens are the winners. It should also be understood that since the executive office does not have a Constitutional role in the amendment process, the proposed amendment does not go to the White House for signature or approval, but back to the states for final ratification by three fourths (38) states.

 

A balanced federal budget has only occurred twice in 30 years of federal budgeting. As we have observed in our own state, and have learned the hard way with the recent bankruptcy of Detroit, a continued imbalance in budgeting and accumulated debt lead to economic uncertainty and instability that inhibits job growth, personal income and opportunity.

 

There are those that are concerned about the impact a balanced budget requirement might have on social programs and the safety net for our vulnerable citizens. We must understand that any effective social safety net is ultimately woven of money. In the long run, the inability to budget properly is as much a danger to the viability of these programs as it is to anything else.

It is time for the states and its citizens to use the powers provided by the Founding Fathers to put an end to D.C.'s irresponsible fiscal behavior.

While small business owners have long supported a Balanced Budget Proposal (a recent National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) member survey indicated that 90 percent of small business owners want a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution), it should also be noted that polls by CNN, Fox News, and Mason-Dixon show that nearly three-fourths of Americans favor a balanced budget amendment as well.

 

Finally, it is interesting to note that this process has detractors from both conservative and liberal camps. Both like to raise the specter of a "runaway convention" where the entire U.S. Constitution could be changed. Most of this rhetoric is based on either group promoting their own narrow agenda. One of the checks on this unlikely scenario is the specificity of the resolutions in question. SJR V meets this requirement and is consistent with the resolutions passed by the other states that narrow a call for a convention to propose amendments to a balanced budget amendment only.

 

"There are far more political and legal constraints on a runaway convention than on a runaway Congress," notes Constitutional scholar Robert J. Natelson.

Michigan should join with the other 19 states and move this resolution forward.

 

http://blogs.detroitnews.com/politics/2013/10/15/time-michigan-step-balanced-budget-amendment/

NFIB Michigan Supports Balanced Budget Amendment Resolution

Lansing (October 15, 2013) -The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) urged the Senate Government Operations Committee to support Senate Joint Resolution V which petitions Congress to call a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution of the United States to require a balanced federal budget.

 

The Resolution, sponsored by Senator Mike Green (R-31), is a nationwide effort to use the Article V process outlined in the U.S. Constitution to move Congress toward adopting a Balanced Budget Amendment. The process requires 34 state legislatures to adopt similar resolutions that would call for a convention to propose a balanced budget amendment. Nineteen states have already passed the Resolution.

 

"Small business owners are fed up with the federal government's failure to address the basic budgeting that every citizen and small business must adhere to in their daily activities," said NFIB State Director Charlie Owens. "It is time for the states and citizens to use the powers provided by the founding fathers in our Constitution to put an end to this irresponsible behavior."

 

Owens pointed out that Small business owners have long supported a Balanced Budget Proposal with a recent NFIB Member Survey indicating that 90 percent of small business owners want a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

 

"We have long supported Congressional action to achieve this goal, and today we are stepping up our game by standing behind the state's efforts through the Article V process as well," said Owens. "We invite and urge all other business groups in Michigan and the nation to take a look at this effort and get behind it."

 

Owens said that in the past, similar action by the states has motivated Congress to take up and pass an Amendment resolution that was otherwise stuck in the process.  "A review of the history concerning the 17th Amendment to the Constitution illustrates that this is a realistic and achievable goal," said Owens.

 

Owens said that after almost 85 years of resistance, the U.S. Senate finally consented in 1913 to Congressional proposal of what became the 17th Amendment when it became apparent that the states were on the verge of succeeding with only one state needed to call a convention under Article V.

 

"Whether the Article V effort motivates Congress to act or it succeeds on its own, taxpayers and citizens are the winners, said Owens."It should also be understood that since the President does not have a constitutional role in the amendment process, the joint resolution does not go to the White House for signature or approval."

In This Issue
Michigan: Support Federal Balanced Budget Amenmdent
NFIB Michigan Supports Balanced Budget Amendment Resolution
Coalition
  







 

We Demand a Balanced Budget

 

Citizens Against Government Waste

 

Families for America

 

National Tax-Limitation Committee

 

I Am American

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