AUSTIN – Speaking at the Texas Public Policy Foundation's 13th annual Policy Orientation, State Representative Paul Workman lent his support to calling for an Article V Convention of States for the purpose of adding a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
"Congress has a serious spending problem," said Rep. Workman. "Just look at the runaway federal debt, which has grown from $10.6 trillion in January 2009 to upwards of $17 trillion today. This is not a sustainable path."
Article V of the U.S. Constitution provides that Congress, "on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments." Such a convention, commonly referred to as an Article V Convention or Convention of States, has never been called, however, over the years there have been times when the two-thirds threshold was nearly met.
There are 24 states with current applications before Congress calling for an Article V Convention of States for the purpose of proposing a balanced budget amendment, which is 10 short of the 34 states needed to compel Congress to call a convention. Texas is counted among these states, having passed such an application in 1977 that is still active.
Rep. Workman will file a Joint Resolution in the upcoming legislative session to reaffirm Texas's 1977 application and to make clear that Texans expect the federal government to live within its means.
"The State of Texas has a longstanding constitutional balanced budget requirement," said Rep. Workman. "Living within our means has allowed the Texas economy to flourish and become the envy of the nation. There is no reason the federal government cannot do the same thing."