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       2010 Legislature                                          SCR 10
    2         A concurrent resolution urging Congress to call a
    3         convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to
    4         the Constitution of the United States to provide for a
    5         balanced federal budget and limit the ability of
    6         Congress to dictate to states requirements for the
    7         expenditure of federal funds.
    9         WHEREAS, fiscal discipline and economic integrity have been
   10  core principles of American governance, and
   11         WHEREAS, the American people have historically demanded the
   12  same prudent, responsible, and intellectually honest financial
   13  behavior from their elected representatives as ultimately
   14  compels individual behavior, and
   15         WHEREAS, it is the firm conviction of the Legislature of
   16  the State of Florida that it is wrong to fund the prosperity of
   17  the present generation by robbing future Americans of their own,
   18  and
   19         WHEREAS, mortgaging the birthright of our children and
   20  grandchildren is a dangerous departure from traditional American
   21  values which threatens to permanently undermine the strength of
   22  our nation, and
   23         WHEREAS, the national debt has nearly doubled over the past
   24  8 years and Florida’s share of that debt is $727 billion, more
   25  than all Floridians make in wages and salaries in 2 years, and
   26         WHEREAS, for the nation to pay off the entire federal debt
   27  by 2015, Congress would have to triple the federal income taxes
   28  of every American and devote the increase exclusively to debt
   29  payments, and
   30         WHEREAS, our debt is increasingly owed to the governments
   31  of foreign nations, not to the citizens of the United States;
   32  therefore, our wealth is transferred to others and will not be
   33  available to supply the means for America’s future growth and
   34  prosperity, and
   35         WHEREAS, this generation will bequeath to its children one
   36  of the world’s most indebted industrial democracies, and
   37         WHEREAS, high federal deficits cause increasingly high
   38  payments for debt interest in the future, make future borrowing
   39  more costly, reduce investment activity, and thus reduce the
   40  size of the future economy, and
   41         WHEREAS, the people of Florida recognized the wisdom of
   42  fiscal discipline and enshrined in its State Constitution the
   43  requirement for a balanced budget to place a prudent limit on
   44  the tendencies of government, and
   45         WHEREAS, the Florida Legislature has made fiscally
   46  responsible decisions, maintaining a balanced budget and saving
   47  the citizens of this State from crippling deficits, massive debt
   48  burdens, and bankruptcy, and
   49         WHEREAS, we the Legislature of the State of Florida call
   50  for the Constitution of the United States to be amended to
   51  require the Federal Government to operate with fiscal
   52  responsibility, common sense, and the revenues granted to it by
   53  the people, and
   54         WHEREAS, the Federal Government has for too long relied on
   55  revenue increases and borrowing against our future rather than
   56  on prudent spending decisions within the limits of current
   57  revenues, and
   58         WHEREAS, lasting resolution of this nation’s budget deficit
   59  can be achieved only by addressing the spending habits of our
   60  Federal Government, not by increasing the tax burden under which
   61  our citizens already labor, and
   62         WHEREAS, Article V of the Constitution of the United States
   63  makes provision for amending the Constitution on the application
   64  of the legislatures of two-thirds of the several states, calling
   65  a convention for proposing amendments that shall be valid to all
   66  intents and purposes if ratified by the legislatures of three
   67  fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three
   68  fourths thereof, as one or the other mode of ratification may be
   69  proposed by Congress, NOW, THEREFORE,
   71  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida, the House
   72  of Representatives Concurring:
   74         That the Legislature of the State of Florida, with all due
   75  respect and great reluctance, does hereby make application to
   76  the Congress of the United States pursuant to Article V of the
   77  Constitution of the United States to call an Article V
   78  amendments convention for the sole purpose of proposing
   79  amendments to the Constitution of the United States:
   80         (1) To achieve and maintain a balanced budget by:
   81         (a) Requiring that such balanced budget account for all
   82  obligations of the Federal Government;
   83         (b) Allowing flexibility in federal balanced budget
   84  requirements by providing exceptions related to exigencies such
   85  as national emergencies or threats to the nation’s security;
   86         (c) Imposing spending limits on the Federal Government;
   87         (d) Setting extraordinary vote requirements for new or
   88  increased federal taxes and other revenues; and
   89         (e) Prohibiting federal mandates on states to impose taxes
   90  or fees.
   91         (2) To control the ability of the Congress and the various
   92  federal executive agencies to require states to expend funds by:
   93         (a) Limiting the ability of Congress and the various
   94  federal executive agencies to pass legislation requiring states
   95  to spend money or to take actions requiring the expenditure of
   96  money unless federal funds are provided in ongoing amounts
   97  sufficient to offset the full costs of such requirements; and
   98         (b) Limiting the ability of Congress to dictate to states
   99  requirements for the expenditure of federal funds other than
  100  such requirements as may be necessary to measure outcomes to be
  101  achieved through the expenditure of the federal funds, leaving
  102  to the several states the ability to decide how to best
  103  accomplish those outcomes.
  104         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this concurrent resolution
  105  supersedes all previous memorials applying to the Congress of
  106  the United States to call a convention for the purpose of
  107  proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States,
  108  including Senate Memorial 234 and House Memorial 2801, both
  109  passed in 1976, and superseded, revoked, and withdrawn in 1988
  110  by Senate Memorial 302, and that such previous memorials are
  111  hereby revoked and withdrawn, nullified, and superseded to the
  112  same effect as if they had never been passed.
  113         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this concurrent resolution is
  114  revoked and withdrawn, nullified, and superseded to the same
  115  effect as if it had never been passed, and retroactive to the
  116  date of passage, if it is used for the purpose of calling a
  117  convention or used in support of conducting a convention to
  118  amend the Constitution of the United States for any purpose
  119  other than requiring a balanced federal budget or limiting the
  120  ability of the Federal Government to require states to spend
  121  money.
  122         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this concurrent
  123  resolution be dispatched to the President of the United States
  124  Senate, to the Speaker of the United States House of
  125  Representatives, to each member of the Florida delegation to the
  126  United States Congress, and to the presiding officers of each
  127  house of the several state legislatures.

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