From: Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: BBA4USA Campaign Newsletter - Edition 1 - February 19, 2014
Date: Wed Feb 19 23:27:11 MST 2014
BBA4USA Campaign
Newsletter   Edition 1 February 2014
Dear Honorable Dean Sanpei,

I am delighted to introduce this first edition of the BBA4USA newsletter. We intend to make it a regular publication and to use it to keep you in touch with news and developments which relate to the campaign for a federal balanced budget amendment via a convention of states.


Our campaign for a balanced budget amendment began almost 7 years ago. The movement has grown exponentially in the past several years. We now have members in all 50 states.  We have held Article V education symposiums in South Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Michigan, Florida, Tennessee, and South Dakota. Our Constitutional experts have provided testimony before state legislative committees across the nation.


Our coalition has successfully partnered with state legislators to pass applications for a convention of states to solely consider a balanced budget amendment in New Hampshire and Ohio.  Four additional states have a BBA application through one house; including, Georgia, South Carolina, Michigan, and Wisconsin.  Twenty states have applied for a convention of states to solely consider a BBA.  We are only 14 states away from a convention.


Unfortunately, our nation's debt addiction continues to grow unabated. The total U.S. debt has increased every year but 5 since 1930 (1947-1948, 1951, & 1956-1957). The total debt paid off in those 5 budget surplus years was... $22 billion.  The U.S., under current law, is projected by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (C.B.O.) to borrow an average of $2.7 trillion more per year until we are bankrupt.


However, there is still hope. 74% of Americans favor a balanced budget amendment.  A strong Balanced Budget Amendment could, according to the C.B.O., in four generations:  Pay off the national debt, quadruple family incomes, and cut taxes 30%.  With your assistance we can avoid national bankruptcy and preserve our prosperity for generations to come.


Finally, I would like to thank you all of you who have contributed to the success of this campaign.  It is through your hard work and dedication to our nation that we have been able to accomplish so much in such a short period of time.


Scott Rogers

Executive Director

Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force


BBA Campaign Map



Wisconsin Assembly OKs amendment convention request 


Arizona BBA Application HCR 2017 passes House Rules Committee 8-0

Action Alerts

Action Alert Georgia: SR 371 Balanced Budget Amendment Application, Vote Scheduled for Tomorrow - Please Send Your E-mail in Support - Takes Less Than 10 Seconds! 

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Article V Education


Robert G. Natelson

The Independence Institute; Montana Policy Institute


Abstract: Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, two thirds of state legislatures may require Congress to call a "Convention for proposing Amendments." Because this procedure has never been used, commentators frequently debate the composition of the convention and the rules governing the application and convention process. However, the debate has proceeded almost entirely without knowledge of the many multi-colony and multi-state conventions held during the eighteenth century, of which the Constitutional Convention was only one. These conventions were governed by universally-accepted convention practices and protocols. This Article surveys those conventions and shows how their practices and protocols shaped the meaning of Article V.

In This Issue
BBA Campaign Map
Action Alerts
Take Action
Article V Education
Article V BBA Resources


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