Oklahoma Joins Growing Movement to Rein in Feds

Earlier today Oklahoma became the seventh state to adopt a measure that could forever change the way Washington, D.C., does business.

The Oklahoma Senate voted 30-16 to call an Article Five Convention of States for the purpose of proposing constitutional reforms to limit the power of the federal government.

“Oklahoma wants to be part of the conversation about restoring a balance in the relationship between the federal government and the states,” said Oklahoma state Rep. Gary Banz, the resolution’s lead sponsor in the Oklahoma House. The lower chamber passed the resolution last week 57 – 33.

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. Once 34 states have passed identical resolutions, the convention will be called, and state legislatures will send commissioners to hammer out reforms that will rebalance America’s constitutional structure and restore the rule of law. After the convention, 38 states must ratify any one amendment for it to become part of the U.S. Constitution.

“I think it’s the way we solve our problems,” said Tom Coburn, a former U.S. Senator for Oklahoma. “I spent 10 years in the Senate and left early, because I don’t see a solution in the U.S. Congress to fix what’s wrong with our country.” Coburn has been a prominent advocate for Convention of States, traveling to dozens of states over the past two years, even while battling Stage Four cancer.

“Our children are worth it,” said Coburn.

“The so-called political elite in Washington, D.C., have been ignoring the will of their constituents for years,” said Mark Meckler, President of Citizens for Self-Governance and co-founder of the Convention of States Project. “The people and the states created the federal government, and today Oklahoma asserted its rightful authority and took the first steps toward limiting the power, scope, and jurisdiction of Washington, D.C. Our COS Project team in The Sooner State did a fantastic job, and I’m honored to work with such dedicated patriots.”

Oklahoma joins IndianaTennessee, Alabama, Florida, Alaska, and Georgia as states that have passed the COSP resolution, with legislation pending in 30 other states this year.

“Today, Oklahoma stands shoulder to shoulder in agreement with the other states who believe the federal government is out of control,” said Oklahoma Senator Rob Standridge. “I concur with Col. William Barton, revolutionary war hero, who said during the Rhode Island Constitutional ratifying convention that the state provision in Article V ‘should be written in letters of gold.’”

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