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Dr. Tom Coburn, former U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, tells a congressional committee that Americans are fed up with the partisanship, wasteful spending, and overreach. Coburn left the Senate in 2015 to advocate for Convention of States Project, the only constitutional solution as big as the D.C. problem
1. Congress can propose amendments to the Constitution at any time if 2/3 of both houses of Congress agree. 2. A Convention of States can propose amendments if 2/3 of states submit applications for such a convention. These applications must all deal with the same issue (i.e., limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government). The Founders knew the federal government might one day become drunk with the abuses of power. The most important check to this power is Article V. Article V gives states the power to call a convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution. By calling a convention of the states, we can stop the federal spending and debt spree, the power grabs of the federal courts, and other misuses of federal power. The current situation is precisely what the Founders feared, and they gave us a solution we have a duty to use. After the states propose, debate, and vote upon the proposed amendments, they will be sent to the 50 states for ratification. Three-quarters of the states must agree for any of the proposed amendments to be ratified. Congress has no authority to stop such a process. The Founders made sure of that. We are approaching a crossroads.