Jim Rubens - Stop Runaway Congress: Public Hearings for Article V Convention Bills, Feb 12 & 13

Stop Runaway Congress


By unanimous vote, George Mason, James Madison and the delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 gave state legislators power under Article V to reign in a Congress they feared could one day become corrupted and no longer accountable to the people.
We’ve reached that time. Both Republicans and Democrats in Congress buy themselves reelection – not by making the hard choices – but by loading our kids and grandkids with trillions in debt and rewarding corporate cronies and campaign benefactors with pork, regulatory complexity, and market-distorting tax loopholes. 
Stop Runaway Congress
A first in US history, the states are now at the threshold of taking decisive action to stop our runaway Congress.
  • Twenty-four states including New Hampshire have applied under Article V for a convention of states to propose a constitutional balanced budget amendment.
  • Three states have applied for a convention to propose amendments for fiscal restraint, term limits, and enhanced federalism.
  • Three states have applied for a convention dealing with campaign money corruption.
  • Three to five states are likely to be added over the next few weeks.
Reach Out to the NH House This Week

This coming Thursday and Friday (February 12 & 13) the New Hampshire legislature will hold public hearings on bills covering each of these three subject applications. Attend these hearings or leave a brief phone message for any committee member you may know.
Thursday, Feb 12, 9:30am
House Legislative Admin Committee
Committee member contact info
HCR1, rescinding NH's 2012 Balanced Budget Amendment application
Legislative Office Building, Room 203, Concord
Urge ITL (no vote)
Friday, Feb 13, 9am - 12noon
House State-Federal Relations & Vets Affairs Committee
Committee member contact info
HCR2, applying for a convention addressing campaign money corruption
HCR3, applying for a convention addressing fiscal restraint, term limits, and enhanced federalism
Legislative Office Building, Room 210-211, Concord
Urge OTP (yes vote) on both
Opponents’ Faulty Logic
Remarkably, opponents (lead by the John Birch Society) have mounted a full court press to block the states from exercising their constitutional authority and responsibility to pull our nation back from the brink. Opponents argue that the several state legislatures and the people can no longer be trusted and that the exclusive power to propose amendments must remain the hands of Congress.
AVC opponents are whipping up irrational fear that an Article V convention of states will “runaway” and propose crazy amendments to gut the Bill of Rights.
Fundamental safeguards against a runaway convention
  1. Crazy amendments will fail. 38 states are required to ratify any amendment proposed by an AVC. Just 13 of 99 state legislative bodies have absolute veto power. A convention of states has no power to adopt changes to the 38-state ratification hurdle.
  2. Delegates will act knowing that crazy amendments will fail. Delegates will not waste time debating or proposing off-subject, hard to explain, or fringe amendments. All 27 ratified amendments to date (all drafted by Congress) were supported by overwhelming public supermajorities.
  3. Red states and New Hampshire will not ever gut the Bill of Rights. Blue states and New Hampshire will not gut the social safety net.
  4. One state, one vote. Big states will not rule. Convention delegates will adopt proposed amendments via one state, one vote, regardless of number of delegates for each state.
  5. All AVC supporters back ONLY a convention limited to the subjects specified in the state applications. No one working on this and no legislative proposals seek an open-ended convention lacking subject matter limitation.
  6. Not once – not ever -- has a runaway convention happened in American history. All thirty-four pre-constitution conventions and the 1787 Constitutional Convention adhered to application subject matter limitations.
  7. Opponents need to get their history straight. The 1787 Constitutional Convention was suggested by the five-state Annapolis Convention of 1786, resulting in ten states adopting the following application language to guide delegates: “… taking into Consideration the state of the Union, as to trade and other important objects, and of devising such other Provisions as shall appear to be necessary to render the Constitution of the Federal Government adequate to the exigencies thereof.”
 Thanks for listening.


Stay Warm,


Jim Rubens