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The State Senate voted unanimously to pass Senate Joint Resolution 493 making Tennessee the nation's 22nd state to call for a balanced federal budget.


State Senate Unanimous     The State Senate voted unanimously to pass Senate Joint Resolution 493 making Tennessee the nation's 22nd state to call for a balanced federal budget. The resolution, introduced by Senator Brian Kelsey Photo of Tennessee bldg (R-Germantown), calls for a convention of the states pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution that would require Congress to balance the federal budget each year. Specifically, the resolution states that in the absence of a congressional declaration of war or an economic recession, the total of all federal appropriations made by the Congress for any fiscal year may not exceed the total of all estimated federal revenues for that fiscal year.
        House Joint Resolution 548, sponsored by Rep. Dennis Powers has passed out of the State Government Committee and is scheduled to be heard on the House floor on Monday. Once 34 states have passed similar resolutions, a convention of the states must convene.
        "The Founding Fathers gave states the ability to call for an Article V convention to reign in the federal government," concluded Senator Kelsey. "We should use it."
     
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Senate Judiciary Committee
Approves Resolution
    The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday unanimously voted to pass Senator Brian Kelsey's (R-Germantown) Joint Resolution 493. The Photo of Senator Brian Kelseyresolution calls for a convention of the states pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution that would require Congress to balance the federal budget each year. Specifically, the resolution states that in the absence of a congressional declaration of war or an economic recession, the total of all federal appropriations made by the Congress for any fiscal year may not exceed the total of all estimated federal revenues for that fiscal year.
        If approved by both chambers of the General Assembly, Tennessee will join 20 other states who have submitted similar balanced budget amendment requests to Congress. "The Balanced Budget Amendment will force Congress to keep their promises to the American people and ensure financial viability for future generations," concluded Senator Kelsey. Senator Kelsey represents Cordova, East Memphis, and Germantown. He is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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TN Legislators Push Balanced Federal Budget "This is our way of taking
the credit card away from Washington."
    House Joint Resolution 548 has 56 co-sponsors in Tennessee Photo of Rep. Dennis PowersHouse, and 50 votes are needed to pass it in the House before it moves to the Senate, said stateRep. Dennis Powers, who sponsored the bill. He said he is confident Tennessee will become the 21st state to authorize the convention.
        "If Congress and the president cannot or Photo of Speaker Beth Harwell will not get the nation's financial affairs in order, now is the time for the states to step in," Speaker Beth Harwell said this week at a gathering hosted by the Tennessee chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business. "Tennessee can lead Washington, D.C., in its fight to get its financial house in order, and that's exactly what we are going to do."
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The leader of the Tennessee state Senate is an advocate for a "convention of the states" The State's population has an aversion to
the encroachment of centralized federal power.
    Mark Norris, the powerful majority leader of the Tennessee state Senate, has made no secret of his belief in shoring up the authority of state governments, in general, Photo of Senator Mark Norrisand of his own state government, in particular. Norris says that he discerns in the state's population at large — and has within his own governing philosophy — an aversion to the encroachment of centralized federal power.
        Norris, the current chairman of the national Council of State Governments, is also an advocate for a "convention of the states" under Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution, to enhance the power of state governments vis-à-vis the federal government. ...
        So far so good. Such beliefs stem from a rich and honorable ancestry in American political life, with Thomas Jefferson recognized as perhaps the foremost advocate of governmental decentralization. ...
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