2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
March 20, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Knodl, Bernier, August, Born,
E. Brooks, Duchow, Edming, Felzkowski, Horlacher, Hutton, Jarchow,
Katsma, Kerkman, Kleefisch, Kooyenga, Kremer, Krug, Kuglitsch, Kulp,
Macco, Mursau, Neylon, Nygren, Petersen, Petryk, Rodriguez, Rohrkaste,
Sanfelippo, Schraa, Skowronski, Snyder, Spiros, Steffen, Steineke,
Summerfield, Swearingen, Thiesfeldt, Tittl, Vos, Weatherston and
Wichgers, cosponsored by Senators Kapenga, Craig, Darling, Harsdorf,
Lasee, Marklein, Nass, Olsen, Stroebel, Testin, Tiffany and Vukmir.
Referred to Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations.
AJR21,1,3 1Relating to: application to Congress under the provisions of Article V of the
2Constitution of the United States for a convention for proposing amendments
3relating to a balanced budget.
AJR21,1,64 Whereas, previous presidential administrations and Congress have allowed an
5unprecedented amount of federal debt to accumulate, which currently exceeds $20
6trillion; and
AJR21,1,107 Whereas, a report by President Obama's National Commission on Fiscal
8Responsibility and Reform issued a warning on the debt levels, stating: “ If the U.S.
9does not put its house in order, the reckoning will be sure and the devastation severe";
AJR21,1,1211 Whereas, the Constitution of the United States does not currently require the
12federal government to operate under a balanced budget; and
AJR21,1,1513 Whereas, members of both political parties and both houses of Congress have
14called for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States to
15no avail; and
1Whereas, Article V of the Constitution of the United States authorizes the
2legislatures of the states to convene a convention for proposing amendments upon
3the passage of 34 state resolutions; and
AJR21,2,44 Whereas, 49 states, by constitution or statute, require a balanced budget; and
AJR21,2,65 Whereas, the legislature of the State of Wisconsin supports the federal
6government operating under a balanced budget; now, therefore, be it
AJR21,2,11 7Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the legislature of
8the State of Wisconsin herewith respectfully applies to Congress, under the
9provisions of Article V of the Constitution of the United States, for the calling of a
10convention for proposing amendments, for the limited purpose of requiring the
11federal government to operate under a balanced budget; and, be it further
AJR21,2,15 12Resolved, That the secretary of state of the State of Wisconsin be, and is
13hereby, directed to forward a proper authenticated copy of this resolution to the
14President of the Senate of the United States, and to the Speaker of the House of
15Representatives of the United States; and, be it further
AJR21,2,19 16Resolved, That this resolution constitutes a continuing application for a
17convention for proposing amendments in accordance with Article V of the
18Constitution of the United States until such a convention is convened on the same
19subject or until the legislature of the State of Wisconsin rescinds this resolution.
AJR21,2,2020 (End)