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Texas governor calls for constitutional convention

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday called for a constitutional convention of states to offer nine amendments in order to “restore the Rule of Law and return the Constitution to its intended purpose.”

“The increasingly frequent departures from Constitutional principles are destroying the Rule of Law foundation on which this country was built,” said Abbott in a statement.

“We are succumbing to the caprice of man that our Founders fought to escape. The cure to these problems will not come from Washington D.C. Instead, the states must lead the way.”

The nine proposed amendments are:

·      Prohibit Congress from regulating activity that occurs wholly within one State.

·      Require Congress to balance its budget.

·      Prohibit administrative agencies—and the unelected bureaucrats that staff them—from creating federal law.

·      Prohibit administrative agencies—and the unelected bureaucrats that staff them—from preempting state law.

·      Allow a two-thirds majority of the States to override a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

·      Require a seven-justice super-majority vote for U.S. Supreme Court decisions that invalidate a democratically enacted law.

·      Restore the balance of power between the federal and state governments by limiting the former to the powers expressly delegated to it in the Constitution.

·      Give state officials the power to sue in federal court when federal officials overstep their bounds.

·      Allow a two-thirds majority of the States to override a federal law or regulation.

Texas governor calls for constitutional convention © Provided by The Hill Texas governor calls for constitutional convention According to The Dallas Morning News, Abbott said in a speech that he believes a constitutional convention would make the federal government “take the constitution seriously again.”

Article V of the Constitution says that amendments can be added if two-thirds of states agree to a convention, where a three-fourths majority of states is required to pass any proposed amendments.

Abbott's call for a constitutional convention follows that of Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, who wrote in an op-ed that if elected president, "I will promote a convention of states to amend the Constitution and restore limited government."

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