Iowa House Calls for a Convention of States to Rein in DC

Earlier today the Iowa House of Representatives approved a resolution applying for a convention of states under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, making it the sixth legislative house to pass this resolution in 2015.

The resolution, which was adopted with 54 representatives voting in favor and 43 against, calls for a convention “for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States that will impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and limit the terms of office for officials of the federal government.”

Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, states can call a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution if 34 states pass similar applications. Georgia, Florida, and Alaska ratified this resolution last year, and at least 25 states will consider the Convention of States Project resolution this year.

download (3)Iowa state Rep. Chris Hagenow was the primary sponsor for this resolution and released a statement ahead of the vote: “I believe it is time for new constitutional limitations on the size and power of the federal government. Our founding fathers gave us a solution for when Congress cannot or will not act: Article V of the U.S. allows for a convention of states to propose amendments to the constitution.”

Many state legislators view this is as a necessary step to restoring federalism in America.

The first legislative bodies to pass the resolution this session were the Houses in ArizonaNorth Dakota, New Mexico, and Arkansas, as well as the Oklahoma Senate. The opposite legislative houses of these states will still need to approve the measure for their applications to become official. A governor’s signature is not needed.

Convention of States Project, launched late in 2013, has been the primary proponent of this resolution and already has an extensive network in all 50 states with more than 100,000 citizen volunteers.

Check out our video interview with the co-founders of Convention of States Project at CPAC 2015.

The effort received a significant boost when Mark Levin released his bestselling book The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic. Levin, an eight-year veteran of the Reagan administration, outlines a blueprint for an Article V convention that would restore power to state and local governments.

Levin recently spoke before several hundred state legislators, telling them they had a constitutional obligation to use Article V and reclaim their power.

According to James Madison’s notes, Col. George Mason, one of Virginia’s delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention, was one of the leading advocates for this provision, arguing it was necessary for the states to have recourse “if the Government should become oppressive.”

In Federalist 85 Alexander Hamilton writes extensively about Article V, stating flatly: “We may safely rely on the disposition of the State legislatures to erect barriers against the encroachments of the national authority.”

Likewise, in a letter, James Madison wrote: “Should the provisions of the Constitution…be found not to secure the government and rights of the states, against usurpation and abuses on the part of the United States, the final resort within the purview of the Constitution, lies in an amendment of the Constitution, according to a process applicable by the states.”

Other historical proponents of an Article V convention include President Eisenhower, in support of Congressional term limits, President Reagan, in support of a balanced budget amendment, and Milton Friedman.


2 thoughts on “Iowa House Calls for a Convention of States to Rein in DC

  1. The premise of your question (what constitutional amendments do you seek will fix our country) seems to believe that government is the solution. …and a Constitutional Convention will resolve it.

    I disagree as the systemic problems that cause these problems are not even addressed. As Obamacare was pushed through on political gimmicks, the antics of Jonathan Gruber demonstrates the dangers of having a Con-Con.

    Take Mark Levin’s suggestion for a Constitutional Amendment, he makes government financially responsible for your property. During which, most government’s will need to implement inspections to ensure that your property meets the financial responsibility placed upon it by Mark Levin’s Amendment.


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