Wisconsin Assembly Approves Balance Budget Resolution

Date: May 19, 2021

In 2017, the Assembly approved a resolution that called for the states to convene a convention to consider a constitutional amendment that would require a balanced federal budget. There was no vote taken in the Senate.


During the current session, the Assembly has again approved a resolution (58-36) calling for a convention of the states for the purpose of amending the Constitution to require a balanced federal budget.


However, unlike the resolution approved in 2017, the 2021 version allows the convention to consider several additional provisions, including some limits on the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and term limits for members of Congress, in addition to the balance the budget provision.


NFIB members strongly support adoption of a resolution calling for a convention of the states for the purpose of enacting a balanced federal budget amendment to the United States Constitution, according to state survey ballot results.


The resolution, Assembly Joint Resolution 9, introduced by Representative Dan Knodl (Germantown) and Senator Kathy Bernier (Chippewa Falls), has been referred to the Senate Committee on Organization.

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