NEW YORK (AP) — Whatever success Republicans have amassed in taking control of all three branches of U.S. government, and whatever fate awaits them as midterm elections near, some on the right are working to cement change by amending the Constitution. And to the mounting alarm of others on all parts of the spectrum, they want to bypass the usual process with an unprecedented Constitutional convention of the states.
Frequently cited changes being sought include amendments enforcing a balanced federal budget and establishing term limits for Congress.
Up to now, constitutional amendments have originated in Congress. But under a never-used provision, amendments can originate in the states. Two-thirds of states must call for a convention at which three-fourths of states approve of a change.
Opponents are afraid of what such a convention would do.