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2013 Senate Joint Resolution V: Call for “Article V” U.S. balanced budget amendment convention
  1. Introduced by Sen. Michael Green (R) on May 23, 2013, to submit an application to Congress calling for a "convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution," limited to proposing an amendment that prohibits the federal government from spending more in any fiscal year than it collects in tax and other revenue (balanced budget amendment). Legislatures representing two-thirds of the states must request this to get a convention, and three-quarters of the states must approve any amendment proposed by an “Article V” convention for it to become part of the constitution. The resolution names 17 states that have submitted applications.
    • Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on May 23, 2013.
  2. Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on November 7, 2013, to submit an application to Congress calling for a "convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Consitution," limited to proposing an amendment that prohibits the federal government from spending more in any fiscal year than it collects in tax and other revenue (balanced budget amendment). Legislatures representing two-thirds of the states must request this to get a convention, and three-quarters of the states must approve any amendment proposed by an “Article V” convention for it to become part of the constitution. The resolution names 17 states that have submitted applications.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on November 7, 2013.
    • Referred to the House Financial Liability Reform Committee on November 7, 2013.
    • Substitute offered in the House on March 20, 2014. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on March 20, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on March 20, 2014, to require a proposed convention of the states to also consider a constitutional amendment to create an exception to the First Amendment's prohibition on Congress enacting laws limiting freedom of speech, so that Congress could enact a law banning burning the U.S. flag.
      • Motion by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on March 20, 2014, to establish that the Irwin flag burning amendment is not "germane" and so violates the rules of the House. The motion passed 59 to 51 in the House on March 20, 2014.
        Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on March 20, 2014, to also require a proposed convention of the states to consider a proposal to repeal the 16th Amendment (the one authorizing a federal income tax).
      • Motion by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on March 20, 2014, to establish that the Irwin income tax amendment is not "germane" and so violates the rules of the House. The motion passed 59 to 51 in the House on March 20, 2014.
        Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

    • Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on March 20, 2014, to also require a proposed convention of the states to consider a proposal to restrict federal regulatory power under the U.S. Constitution's commerce clause.
      • Motion by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on March 20, 2014, to establish that the Irwin commerce clause amendment is not "germane" and so violates the rules of the House.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on March 20, 2014, to also require a proposed convention of the states to consider a proposal to give the president line-item veto authority.
      • Motion by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on March 20, 2014, to establish that the Irwin line item veto amendment is not "germane" and so violates the rules of the House.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Phil Cavanagh (D) on March 20, 2014, to also require a proposed convention of the states to consider a proposal mandating the convention consider an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would "promote clean elections".
      • Motion by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on March 20, 2014, to establish that the Cavanaugh amendment is not "germane" and so violates the rules of the House.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on March 20, 2014, to also require a proposed convention of the states to consider a proposal to "strengthen the rights of property owners in cases involving eminent domain".
      • Motion by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on March 20, 2014, to establish that the Irwin eminent domain amendment s not "germane" and so violates the rules of the House.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Vicki Barnett (D) on March 20, 2014, to define an "emergency" exception to a proposed ban on federal deficit spending as "including, but not limited to, an attack by a foreign nation or terrorist organization within the United States". The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 20, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Vicki Barnett (D) on March 20, 2014, to require a proposed federal balanced budget amendment to have an exception allowing federal deficit spending for Keynesian "stimulus" programs during an economic recession. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 20, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Vicki Barnett (D) on March 20, 2014, to require a proposed federal balanced budget amendment to have an exception allowing federal deficit spending for "fully funding" Medicare and Social Security spending.
      • Motion by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on March 20, 2014, to establish that the Barnett social security and Medicare amendment is not "germane" and so violates the rules of the House.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Vicki Barnett (D) on March 20, 2014, to establish that if two thirds of the states have not petitioned for the proposed convention by the end of 2014 or then this state's petition no longer applies. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 20, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Vicki Barnett (D) on March 20, 2014, to also require the proposed convention of the states to propose a federal Equal Rights for Women amendment.
      • Motion by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on March 20, 2014, to establish that the Barnett ERA amendment is not "germane" and so violates the rules of the House.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Vicki Barnett (D) on March 20, 2014, to also require any amendment offered by the proposed convention of the states to mandate that each state establish a nonpartisan congressional district redistricting commission.
      • Motion by Rep. Jim Stamas (R) on March 20, 2014, to establish that the Barnet redistricting commission amendment is not "germane" and so violates the rules of the House.
    • Amendment offered in the House on March 20, 2014, to define an "emergency" exception to a proposed ban on federal deficit spending as "including, but not limited to, an attack by a foreign nation or terrorist organization within the United States". The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 20, 2014.
  4. Passed 77 to 32 in the House on March 20, 2014, to submit an application to Congress calling for a "convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Consitution," limited to proposing an amendment that prohibits the federal government from spending more in any fiscal year than it collects in tax and other revenue (balanced budget amendment). Legislatures representing two-thirds of the states must request this to get a convention, and three-quarters of the states must approve any amendment proposed by an “Article V” convention for it to become part of the constitution. The resolution names 17 states that have submitted applications.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on March 25, 2014.
  6. Passed 25 to 12 in the Senate on March 26, 2014, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

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