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Rep. Hunter Argues Michigan Vote Could Lead To Constitutional Convention

| by Will Hagle

The call for a new constitutional convention is a popular idea for those unsatisfied with Congress’s progress on certain issues, specifically debt and spending levels. 

Such a convention would be possible due to a little discussed portion of Article V of the U.S. Constitution, which claims that if two-thirds of state legislatures demand it, Congress “shall call a convention for proposing amendments.” 

According to Fox News, two-thirds of U.S. states may have already called for such a convention. 

Michigan legislators last week voted in support of calling for a meeting to discuss federal amendments. In response to the vote, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) has asked House Speaker John Boehner to consider whether or not Michigan’s vote pushes the states over the two-thirds threshold. 

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“With the recent decision by Michigan lawmakers, it is important that the House - and those of us who support a balanced budget amendment -- determine whether the necessary number of states have acted and the appropriate role of Congress should this be the case,” Hunter said. 

Hunter is unlikely to achieve his goal of calling a new constitutional convention. Although Michigan was, indeed, the 34th state to approve such a meeting, other states applied several years ago or have since rescinded their applications. Louisiana, for instance, rescinded its application in 1990, HotAir reports. 

Although the new constitutional convention is unlikely, it has the potential to drastically transform the American political system.