Many Americans are now looking to state legislatures to step in and take the lead in amending the Constitution to curb the Congress’ outrageous spending problem.
Big spenders in Congress who continue to inflate the national debt at the expense of future generations could be brought to heel if a Louisiana resolution in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment continues to catch on in other states.
The American Conservative has run a commentary from former Pelican Post reporter and editor Fergus Hodgson. He promotes a constitutional amendment to check runaway federal spending.
Achieving a highly improbable turnaround, Rep. Noble Ellington’s (R-Winnsboro) resolution for an anti-debt amendment to the U.S. Constitution won approval from the Louisiana Senate yesterday.
Despite smooth sailing in the House, the National Debt Relief Amendment came to an abrupt halt this morning. Sen. Karen Peterson (D-New Orleans) came out aggressively against it, and without objection she had it deferred in its Senate committee hearing.
With not a single opponent, Louisiana’s House of Representatives has endorsed the National Debt Relief Amendment and its call for a state-initiated amendment to the United States Constitution.
North Dakota Senator Curtis Olafson (R – Edinburg), who flew in to testify as national spokesman, was met with as many welcomes and jokes as he was with questions.
In the face of unsustainable federal debt, Congress and the President appear unwilling and impotent to do anything about it. Robert J. Thorpe contends that the states must initiate a limit on spending, such as the National Debt Relief Amendment, via an Article V amendments convention.
The Pelican Institute has released three pieces of research to clear the air over the National Debt Relief Amendment and other Article V amendments. Escalating debt and an unrestrained federal government suggest the time is overdue for a state-initiated amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The National Debt Relief Amendment, which would mandate state approval before increases in the federal debt limit, has now passed in North Dakota. At least seven other states have equivalent resolutions either pending or with pledged sponsors, for what would be the first ever state initiated amendment to the U.S. Constitution.