We say this all the time at the Convention of States Project: it doesn't matter who's in charge in Washington, D.C. Our country is in the fiscal mess it's in because both parties have acted irresponsibly and contrary to the will of the American people.
Now the Republican-led Senate has given us one of the best examples of this unfortunate reality to date.
The Daily Signal reports:
The U.S. Senate’s first spending bill of 2016 allocates $261 million more than President Barack Obama requested and lacks significant conservative amendments, but it still sailed to passage Thursday in the Republican-led chamber.
An overwhelming number of senators on both sides of the aisle approved the energy and water development appropriations bill, by a vote of 90-8. Conservatives had objected to the higher spending levels and lack of policy riders in the weeks leading up to the vote.
In the end, it didn’t seem to matter.
It’s a victory for Republican leadership and an initial step toward achieving their goal of funding the federal government by passing 12 appropriations bills.
Our country is $19 trillion in debt, and not even the Republicans are willing to do anything about it.
That's why an Article V Convention of States is so crucial to the future of our country. A Convention of States allows the people -- acting through their state legislatures -- to propose the changes that will never come from D.C.
A Convention of States can propose constitutional amendments that force Congress to be fiscally responsible. These can include a balanced budget amendment as well as taxing and spending limitations.
Our federal officials haven't been able to make the difficult spending decisions to secure the fiscal security of our nation. It's time for the American people to make those decisions for them.