It appears Nebraska won’t be joining other states to call for a constitutional convention to limit the scope of the federal government.
Opponents claim a constitutional convention isn’t necessary, that the tools are there for Washington to pull back spending, to balance the budget.
State Sen. Sue Crawford of Bellevue points out Washington has worked together to balance the budget in our lifetime.
“The Constitution isn’t broken, Congress is broken and our political process is broken,” Crawford tells colleagues during legislative floor debate. “But this does not require a constitutional convention to fix it.”
Sen. Laura Ebke of Crete sponsors Legislative Resolution 6, a resolution which would call for Nebraska to join with other states to call for a constitutional convention. The convention would consider limited the federal government, especially its spending in an effort to reduce the federal debt. It also would consider term limits for members of Congress.
Article V of the Constitution allows for two-thirds of the 50 states to call for a convention. At present, 10 states have agreed to make the call; 34 would be needed to make it happen.
Ebke says she understands what’s at stake.
“I would argue, colleagues, that what this takes is a little bit of courage,” Ebke says.
Ebke, though, hasn’t found the 33 votes necessary to overcome a filibuster of her measure.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]