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Leading Advocacy Group for Constitutional Federal Budget Reform Backs “Madison Amendment” to Give States’ Greater Say
For Immediate Release August 30, 2010
Pete Sepp, (703) 683-5700
(Alexandria, VA) – A novel proposal to clarify and strengthen the ability of states to propose U.S. Constitutional Amendments got the nod today from a nonpartisan citizen group with a 35-year history of involvement in the process. The 362,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU) has endorsed the “Madison Amendment” (House Joint Resolution 95), which would ensure that two-thirds of the states could propose a specific amendment for ratification of the Constitution the same way Congress can.
Article V of the U.S. Constitution permits amendments to be proposed through a two-thirds vote of Congress or through a limited constitutional convention called by at least two-thirds of the states. The Madison Amendment would provide an alternative procedure so that two-thirds of the states could offer identical amendments one at a time. The Constitution’s current ratification procedure, requiring assent from three-fourths of the State Legislatures, would remain unchanged.
Beginning in 1975, NTU spearheaded an Article V drive on behalf of a Balanced Budget Amendment, securing 32 of the 34 states necessary to call a convention for drafting such a proposal. The campaign met resistance from extremist organizations on both ends of the political spectrum, which falsely argued a convention could “run away” and alter the whole Constitution.
“We continue to believe that the Article V convention process is a safe, limited, and effective way of proposing amendments to the Constitution,” Parde concluded. “Nonetheless, the Madison Amendment would, through its additional refinements, make this tool even more useful at a time when the need for it has never been more imperative or apparent.”
NTU is a nonpartisan, nonprofit citizen organization founded in 1969 to work for lower taxes, smaller government, accountability from public officials, and economic freedom at all levels. For further information, visit www.ntu.org.