National Nonbinding Referendum
Let's put it on the ballot ... like Florida did.
We can settle the matter of whether the American people want Congress to
stop borrowing money to pay for the expansion of the Federal government by
allowing them to vote on the issue of a balanced budget amendment.
In 2010, the Florida legislature passed "Committee
Substitute Senate Bill 2742" which placed on the November - 2010 general
election ballot a non-binding referendum asking Florida voters if they would
support a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution
With almost 5 million votes cast, 72% of
Floridians voted YES.
The issue passed in
every Florida county and gained overwhelming bipartisan support as
more than two-thirds of the voters approved the idea in 64 of Florida's 67
By having the voters voice their "official"
opinion on the issue of a balanced budget amendment, members of Congress
will be forced to take a position on the issue.
During the election campaign of 2012, every
member of Congress should be asked this question:
If your district votes in favor of a balanced
budget amendment, will you vote to propose such an amendment?
following is model language for a nonbinding referendum regarding a balanced
budget amendment to be placed on the general election ballot in 2012.
Model Bill or Resolution
An act relating to a nonbinding
statewide advisory referendum; requiring that a question regarding a
balanced federal budget be printed on the ballot and submitted to the voters
in the 2012 general election; providing an effective date.
Whereas the federal government has
borrowed excessively to fund its annual appropriations, placing a crushing
debt upon the shoulders of the People of the United States and our nation in
financial jeopardy, and,
Whereas, the issue of a
Constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget has been
discussed for more than forty years and shown to be favored by the People in
public opinion polls, yet Congress has failed to propose such an amendment
to the states for ratification,
Therefore, to provide direct
guidance to the members of Congress from the state of ___________ which
reflects the will of the people regarding the adoption of a balanced budget
amendment to the Constitution of the United States,
Be It Enacted by the Legislature
of the State (Commonwealth) of _________:
Section 1. Nonbinding statewide
advisory referendum. — At the 2012 general election, the following question
shall be printed on the ballot and submitted to the voters:
BALANCING THE FEDERAL BUDGET
A NONBINDING REFERENDUM CALLING
FOR AN AMENDMENT
TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION
Should the United States
Constitution be amended to require a balanced federal budget without raising
Yes ___ No ___
Section 2. This act shall take
effect upon becoming a law.