THE MADISON COALITION:
RESTORING A BALANCE OF STATE AND FEDERAL POWER
MAKING CONGRESS MORE ACCOUNTABLE

The Madison Coalition is working to restore a balance of state and federal power and to make Congress more accountable by ensuring that states have the power to safely propose an individual amendment to the U.S. Constitution without any risk of a runaway Article V Convention.

JAMES MADISON  
EMPOWERED THE STATES



The power of states to safely propose an individual Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was a power James Madison, the principle author of the U.S. Constitution, intended for states to have when he said, in Federalist 43 "It (the Constitution) equally enables the general and the State governments to originate the amendment of errors, as they may be pointed out by the experience on one side or the other."


The Madison Coalition encourages Members of Congress to consider the following actions:


1. Enactment of a House and Senate Rule to prohibit floor consideration of any measure to refer to the States for ratification of a proposed amendment from an Article V Convention
that exceeded the limits on the scope of that Convention set by the states who called for the Convention.

2. A pledge by individual Members of Congress to block floor consideration of any measure to refer to the States for ratification of a proposed amendment
from an Article V Convention that exceeded the limits on the scope of that Convention set by the states who called for the Convention.



The Madison Coalition encourages both State leaders and Members of Congress to work for the eventual adoption of the Madison Amendment to permanently and  constitutionally guarantee the right of 34 states who propose an identical Amendment to limit the scope of a Convention they call to an up or down vote on that specific Amendment.  Read more:
www.MadisonAmendment.org

A SAFE PATH FOR
PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT WITHOUT
A CONVENTION


Specific legislative actions by State leaders or by Members of Congress could ensure that 34 states could proposed an identical Amendment without the risk of a runaway convention.  

If  34 states could safely propose an identical Amendment, Congress would almost certainly, as it has throughout American history, propose the Amendment states want for ratification rather than call an Article V Convention.   So if the the risk of a runaway convention were ended, a bipartisan coalition of states could force Congress to propose an Amendment without the need for a Convention.

If a citizens and state leaders in 34 states could safely propose an individual Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Congress would be far more accountable while states and Congress would have far more of an incentive to work together cooperatively to meet America's challenges.


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