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Update on Article V and the Necessary and Proper Clause

January 16, 2015 Rob Natelson 0

Some people have asked for further clarification on why the Constitution’s Necessary and Proper Clause does not grant Congress power to use its convention call to regulate a Convention for Proposing Amendments.
This is a technical area and can be difficult to grasp (or explain, for that matter). You have to understand the nature of […]

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Principles for Drafting A Balanced Budget Amendment

December 1, 2014 Rob Natelson 0

This article originally appeared at The American Thinker.
The Article V Handbook, which I authored for the American Legislative Exchange Council, emphasizes that citizens pressing for constitutional amendments should avoid fringe or unpopular proposals. The Handbook distills four guiding principles for selecting amendments worthy of support:
(1) An amendment should move America back toward Founding principles.
(2) […]