My State Counts!
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Make Congress Count My State Legislatures' Petition for Convention.
Does your state count? The Office of the Clerk of US House of Representatives admits to ignoring States' legislatures throughout our nation's history.
Article V of the U.S. Constitution reads:
"THE CONGRESS … ON THE APPLICATION OF THE LEGISLATURES OF TWO THIRDS OF THE SEVERAL STATES, SHALL CALL A CONVENTION FOR PROPOSING AMENDMENTS …"
The Clerk of the US House never counted any of the applications from the State legislatures creating a barrier that prevents the Congress from obeying petitions of States as instructed in Article V of the Constitution.
Please sign if you would like your State's petition to Congress for a convention to draft amendments to the US Constitution for the consideration & ratification by the several States to be respected as the Constitution requires.
The following is the complete text of the Office Of Clerk's reply:
Dear Mr. Marks:
I am in receipt of your correspondence requesting that the Clerk of the House tabulate State applications for an Article V convention compiled by your organization.
The duties and responsibilities assigned to the Clerk of the House are generally established by statute and the rules and precedents of the House of Representatives. The Clerk has not been assigned the responsibility to tabulate State applications for an Article V convention by statute or the rules or precedents of the House. Accordingly, the Office of the Clerk is unable to fulfill your request.
However, I would be pleased to forward your correspondence to your Member of Congress or to the Committee on the Judiciary for further consideration if that would be of assistance to you. Under the rules of the House, the Committee on the Judiciary has jurisdiction over constitutional amendments and has a subcommittee dedicated to the Constitution. Please contact XXXX XXXXXXXX at 202 XXX-XXXX if you would like your letter forwarded.
Kirk D. Boyle
Office of the Clerk
United States v. Sprague, 282 U.S. page 716 (1931), the Supreme Court stated:
"The United States asserts that article 5 is clear in statement and in meaning, contains no ambiguity and calls for no resort to rules of construction. A mere reading demonstrates that this is true. It provides two methods for proposing amendments. Congress may propose them by a vote of two-thirds of both houses, or, on the application of the legislatures of two-thirds of the States, must call a convention to propose them."
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