In a landslide victory, the Tennessee House finished what the Tennessee Senate started last year, approving the Convention of States resolution by a vote of 59-31. Tennessee is the first state in 2016, and the fifth state overall, to approve this measure, which will be considered by 30 other states this year.
“Our founders saw a day when we would need to stop the abuses of a federal government,” said Rep. Sheila Butt, the primary sponsor. “The amendment process that is outlined in Article V of the constitution is their gift to us, we need to display the courage of our Founders and not the timidity of serfs.” A total of 58 other Representatives co-sponsored the resolution.
The Convention of States resolution calls for an Article V Convention that would propose term limits on federal officials, fiscal restraints, and other limits on the federal government. It has now been approved by Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Alaska, and Georgia, and is active in about 30 others states with approximately one million supporters. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently put forward The Texas Plan, a list of reforms to be considered at the future convention.
COSP Tennessee State Director Scott Williams said, “Our Founders fought to rid the nation of tyranny and ensure that the federal government was limited and defined. They gave us a civil and moral way to accomplish this in Article V, the tool to regain our Liberty without the bloodshed.”
Williams and his team of volunteers packed a committee hearing last week, sporting COS buttons and providing articulate and passionate testimony. The committee approved the resolution, clearing the way for an impressive floor victory.
“Our Founding Fathers would be appalled by today’s federal overreach,” said Rep. Jay D. Reedy (R-Dist. 74). “In their wisdom, the delegates at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 unanimously inserted into Article V the power of the States to be the final check on the federal government.It is clear that Congress does not have the political will to solve our country’s problems, but thankful we the people of the Volunteer State do.”
“Washington has grown too big and has overstepped its constitutionally limited powers,” said Mark Meckler, President of Citizens for Self-Governance and co-founder of the Convention of States Project. “The ultimate keepers of the rule of law and the Constitution are the people. Congratulations to Tennessee on becoming the first state to pass in 2016 to reclaim state power. An Article V Convention is the ultimate exercise of this power.”