Kelsey, Faison File Resolution Calling For Balanced Federal Budget

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) and State Representative Jeremy Faison (R- Cosby) on Wednesday filed Joint Resolution 493 calling for a constitutional convention pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution that would require Congress to balance the federal budget each year. Specifically, the resolution states that in the absence of a congressional declaration of war or an economic recession, the total of all federal appropriations made by the Congress for any fiscal year may not exceed the total of all estimated federal revenues for that fiscal year.

“The federal government should live within its means and stop adding to its $17 trillion debt,” Senator Kelsey said earlier Wednesday. “The Founding Founders gave the states the ability to call for a constitutional convention to reign in the federal government.”

Article V of the U.S. Constitution states that if two-thirds of the states submit applications to Congress on the same subject matter, Congress must call for a convention for the purpose of proposing such an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. If approved by both chambers of the General Assembly, Tennessee will join 20 other states who have submitted similar balanced budget amendment requests to Congress.

"The Balanced Budget Amendment will force Congress to keep their promises to the American people and ensure financial viability for future generations," said Rep. Faison. 

Senator Kelsey represents Cordova, East Memphis, and Germantown. He is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Rep. Faison represents Cocke, Jefferson and part of Greene Counties. He serves as vice-chairman of House Criminal Justice Committee. 


Attempt To Revive Haslam's Insure Tennessee Fails; Watson Hopeful Of Other Solutions

An attempt to revive Governor Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee legislation failed in the General Assembly on Tuesday. It failed to pass out of the Senate Commerce Committee. Senate Pro Tempore Bo Watson said he "remains hopeful that innovation and solutions outside the growth of TennCare will address the problems of access to care and high costs." He said,  ... (click for more)

Audio Of County Commission Meeting 4/1/15

Physicians Thank Their Patients On Doctor’s Day

March 30 has been set aside as National Doctors’ Day since 1933 as a time to recognize the contributions made by our physicians. While the recognition is appreciated, our greatest satisfaction comes from caring for our patients.  For 132 years, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society has been the physicians’ voice as we worked together to improve health of our community. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Look At My April Garden

On this April Fool’s Day, as I take my monthly stroll through my virtual garden, there are gorgeous flowers and there are weeds, which appear to be trying harder than the flowers. So let’s see what we find before searching for “The Prize Egg” on Sunday. A FLOWER to the New York cab driver who told a young writer, “Always remember that everyone you meet knows something that you ... (click for more)

'Canes Edge Mustangs On Cox's Game-Winner In 7th

  Maybe it was just East Hamilton’s turn to win a tight game. After dropping 5-4 and 2-1 decisions to District 5-AAA rivals Bradley Central and McMinn County, respectively, the Hurricanes weren’t about to lose their third straight one-run decision in league play on Tuesday. So, Kyle Cox and Matt Milita, two of the team’s five seniors, decided to do something about ... (click for more)

Central Scores Early, Hangs On To Beat Red Bank, 7-6

Central baseball coach Glen Carter could finally breathe a sigh of relief. His Purple Pounders had bolted to a 7-0 lead in the first three innings of Monday's 6-AA skirmish with the Red Bank Lions and things were looking pretty good for those guys in purple. But it all came down to Red Bank's final at-bat.  The Lions sent eight hitters to the plate and scored ... (click for more)