House Joint Resolution 79 Passes with 100 Votes
AUSTIN – State Representative Paul Workman today passed with broad support House Joint Resolution 79, calling for an Article V Convention of States for the purpose of proposing a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Following the historic vote, Rep. Workman remarked, "I want to thank my colleagues for their support in this effort to rein in the federal government's out-of-control spending. We have made a bold statement that Texas will not stand by while Congress spends future generations of Americans into bankruptcy."
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.
By most counts, 27 states have passed similar resolutions calling for an Article V Convention of States for the sole purpose of proposing a balanced federal budget amendment. This number includes a resolution passed by the Texas Legislature in 1977. HJR 79 reaffirms the 1977 resolution.
Congress is compelled by the U.S. Constitution to call a convention under Article V upon the application of two thirds, or 34, of the several states.