Path to a Balanced Budget
The Most Direct Path to a Balanced Budget Amendment
Let Us Vote For BBA – August 5, 2020
Last week, The New York Times along with many Associated Press affiliates across the country published an article written by Michael Biesecker, exploring a potential federal lawsuit which could force Congress to call an Article V Convention to propose a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
This strategy was advanced during a presentation led by former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Ohio Senate Majority Leader Matt Huffman and Mr. David Biddulph of the Let Us Vote for a Balanced Budget Amendment Campaign at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council in July. According to Beisecker, “Biddulph proposed recruiting state attorneys general to file a legal order demanding that Congress recognize the 34 state resolutions and convene a constitutional convention. If Congress refuses, the AGs would sue in federal court.” Mr. Biddulph was later quoted as saying, “We think that the shortest path to actually getting a date for an Article V convention is through the Supreme Court.”
Biesecker also covered objections to the exercise of Article V’s convention method lodged by Georgetown University Law professor David Super and Arn Pearson of the Center for Media and Democracy. Over the next several issues, those concerns will be raised and addressed in an Answering the Critics segment (first installment below). You can find the complete Q & A response to Michael Biesecker’s piece here.
Read the Associated Press article here.