The goal of the Article V Caucus is to re-establish federalism as our Founders intended, and limit the runaway growth of the Federal Government.

The Caucus is named after the Article in the U.S. Constitution that addresses the amendment process, which includes granting States the authority to amend the Constitution without the approval of Congress:

“The Congress … on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States or by Conventions in three fourths thereof,…”

The Caucus encourages state legislators to uphold these principles of federalism and limited-government through web-based information, model legislation, and strategic meetings. The Caucus believes an Article V convention is the most efficacious means of meeting these goals, and encourages the States to adopt resolutions to call for such a convention. But we also believe that a convention is only one means to that end, and will always keep a focus on the goal of federalism and limited-government.

June 2024 Newsletter

Herpes Simplex V: The “Runaway Convention” Myth is Like a Virus That Just Won’t Go Away  By Vickie Deppe   Real Clear Politics published a commentary by retired mathematician Robert Prener in which he opines on the likelihood of a “runaway convention” based on the subject matter of the applications used to call it. Prener fails to explain his methodology, but there appears to be a correlation between his perception of the scope of the convention and the probability that it...

May 2024 Newsletter

Rude Gestures: Why Bipartisanship Must Carry the Day by Vickie Deppie Three of the last six issues of the State Legislators Article V Caucus Newsletter have addressed the urgent need to get federal spending under control to avert a chaotic fiscal restructuring that will undoubtedly be felt most acutely by our economically vulnerable neighbors. We know Congress won’t do it: they’ve added to the national debt every single year since 1957. We know Congress can’t do it: any limitation Congress...

April 2024 Newsletter

By the Numbers: Three Progressive Reasons to Support a Fiscal Responsibility Amendment by Vickie Deppie Last month, we talked about Scott Pelley’s interview with Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, who described the national debt as both “worrisome” and “urgent.” We also touched on Dr. David Primo’s observation that a constitutional amendment is the only way to impose ongoing fiscal restraint on Congress. Most advocates talk about these matters in a way that speaks to conservatives but...

March 2024 Newsletter

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell Speaks Out on the National Debt  by Vickie Deppie In an interview with 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell described the national debt as both “worrisome” and “urgent,” bursting the Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) bubble. Like legs holding up a stool, MMT rests on three assumptions: the economy will continue to grow, interest rates will remain low, and there will always be someone willing to lend us money. The first two were...

February 2024 Newsletter

Ancestor Worship Will Not Solve Our Problems  by Vickie Deppie During a recent hearing for an Article V measure under consideration by the New Hampshire House, an opponent testified, “Are we of the same character as the people in the late 1700s who fought a revolution against the British? I don’t think we are…We should be thanking our lucky stars that we have [a Constitution] that’s as good as it is, and we should not try to change it at all.”   Are we really so morally inferior...

January 2024 Newsletter

But It's Never Happened Before! by Vickie Deppie It’s the Article V opponent’s favorite scare tactic: “This has never happened before…we can’t possibly know what the delegates will do! They could rewrite the entire Constitution.” [Cue ominous music.] In fact, the states have met in convention dozens of times, and none of these meetings exceeded its mandate, including the Constitutional Convention of 1787. These folks are misinformed…or they hope you are.  Columnist Dick Evans marked the...

December 2023 Newsletter

media attacks escalate as article v proponent mike johnson becomes speaker by Vickie Deppe Newsweek celebrated Thanksgiving by dropping a late-night hit piece on Convention of States Action. Relying exclusively on input provided by activist organization Faithful America, the piece is rife with factual errors, probably the most egregious being, “Article V of the founding document also allows amendments to be ratified in a constitutional convention, which can be triggered at the request of...

November 2023 Newsletter

Speaker Controversy Proves Congress Will Never Clean Up Its Own Act by Vickie Deppe Love ’im or hate ’im, Americans got a rare glimpse of the sausage being made when Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) made a motion to vacate the chair, i.e., hold a floor vote to remove Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. The Washington establishment circled the wagons, representing the situation as “chaos,” describing those who voted to vacate as “anarchists” and claiming that...

October 2023 Newsletter

Observations From the Simulated Article V Convention   by James Kallinger Recently, the Convention of States Foundation convened a meeting of 103 commissioners from 49 states in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia to participate in an important and valuable educational exercise. These state delegates were gathered to simulate an Article V Convention to propose amendments to the US Constitution. The purpose of this assembly was to test the efficacy of an interstate convention process and...

September 2023 Newsletter

Happy Birthday, Constitution! by W. Bruce Lee Executive Director, Phoenix Correspondence Commission This month marks the 236th anniversary of the signing of our Constitution by the delegates to the Philadelphia Convention of 1787. This is a noteworthy accomplishment considering the average regime change around the world is only about 30 years. I personally believe we live in a remarkable nation, despite some who prefer to focus on our nation’s shortcomings. Of course, every...

CAUCUS LEADERSHIP

  • Kevin Lundberg, CO State Senator , ret.
  • Rep. Ken Ivory, UT State Legislature
  • Yvette Herrell, NM Congresswoman, ret.
  • Neal Schuerer, IA State Senator, ret.
  • Kim Koppelman, SD State Representative, ret.

“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”

– James MadisonFederalist 45, 1788