The Article V Constitutional Convention and the Balanced Budget Amendment: Questions and Controversies
Vance, N. Scott
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The following paper was completed during a research internship with Common Cause, a membership "public interest” lobbying organization. While the internship entailed many other day-to-day research tasks (consisting mainly of obtaining data from ", various Federal agencies, Congressional committees,,and lobbying groups), the following piece of research involved a long range, challenging, and in-depth study of a particular issue the proposed constitutional convention to propose a balanced Federal Budget amendment to the Constitution. The purpose of the following paper is: (1) to show the necessity of the establishment of proper procedures for the organization and operation of an Article V convention; (2) to shed light on the competing arguments as to what form this legislation should take; and (3) to provide a short, but effective analysis of the workability of a balanced budget amendment.