State Representative Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) announced that in an effort to rein in federal government spending, the Ohio House of Representatives passed Senate Joint Resolution 5 during session today.  The legislation was introduced by Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) in the Senate and it is similar to House Joint Resolution 7.

The resolution urges Congress, pursuant to Article V of the constitution, to call a convention of the states for the purpose of proposing a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution.  As amended, S.J.R. 5 does not allow for the discussion of other amendments during the convention and would focus on balancing the budget.

“Future generations will be held responsible for the choices our leaders make today,” Rep. Rosenberger said. “In Ohio, we require that our state’s budget be balanced, spend money we can afford and honor debts so that our children will not be faced with those burdens. This motion would have Ohio join other states to begin the conversation requiring Congress to do the same.”

When 34 states pass similar resolutions, Congress must set a time and location for the convention to occur, in which delegates of each state legislature will debate the balanced budget amendment.  Ohio will be the 20th state to pass a resolution pertaining to Article V.

S.J.R. 5 will now move to the Senate for concurrence.

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