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Even though constitutional amendments are rare, there's often talk in America about changing the United States Constitution. Search recent news articles from the last eight weeks and report on a story about an effort to amend the U.S. Constitution. Be sure to explain why an amendment would be needed rather than just a basic change in federal law. In an online article The Economist wrote about a matter of a Balance Budget amendment. It seems there is some traction for State legislatures to petition Congress to call for a convention. To accomplish gaining a convention the Congress would need petitions from two-thirds of the states, Congress would then need to call a convention to propose amendments. Once they had done so, the amendments would be sent back to the states for ratification and needing three-quarters of the states to ratify and pass the amendment. This Balance Budget amendment has been pushed by the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force (BBATF). This group started off modestly in 2015 by campaigning throughout the United States. The number of states which have passed resolutions is 27. A total of 34 are needed to reach the two-thirds needed to push Congress to call a convention. As of now the earliest they could attain the last 7 needed would be 2019. If they do not meet the two-thirds needed there is another group, the Convention of States (CoS), which is pushing for a balance budget amendment along with two other amendments. The other two amendments would call for limiting the federal government’s power and establishing term limits for members of Congress. This group has also seemed to gain support in Republican held states. Along with a higher level of funding they have two former Republican senators, Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn, acting as advisors. They are hoping to reach the 34 states needed by the end of 2019 and a call of a convention in 2020. As of now the resolution as passed in 12 states. Why would they go to such lengths to make these amendments? If these amendments do end up becoming actual amendments to the Constitution they become supreme law. The Supreme Court would now need to bring judgement based on those amendments. If they simply made a law without going through the amendment process, there’s a possibility the law would be subject to judgement based on the Constitution. If the Supreme Court deems the law unconstitutional it would be struck down by the supreme law of the constitution. If these become amendments they become part of supreme law they would be harder to amend and would need to go through the same process as it did to become an amendment to the Constitution. Bibliography Krutz, Glen. American Government . Houston: OpenStax, 2016. Textbook. The Economist. "America might see a new constitutional convention in a few years." 30 September 2017.
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