Featured Video: Convention of the States

The Convention of States Project (COS) is aimed at fixing the problems in government many say Washington can’t – or won’t – solve on its own. When America’s founders drafted the U.S. Constitution, they baked in a framework meant to aid future generations in addressing issues unforeseen in the 1790s. The Constitution has two amendment processes, but to date only the Congress-initiated amendment process has been used.

If the Convention of States Project earns the support of two-thirds—or 34—of state legislatures, Congress will be forced to initiate a state-led constitutional convention for the first time in American history. State-selected delegates to this convention would then meet to propose amendments to the Constitution, and these proposed amendments would go to the states for final ratification. And if 38 states choose to ratify such amendments, they become law in the Constitution.

The COS already has the support of 12 state legislatures demanding such things as a balanced budget amendment, the redefinition of certain constitutional clauses so as to limit the power of the federal government, upper limits on taxation, and congressional and Supreme Court term limits.

In his full report on the COS, CRC senior vice president Matthew Vadum has called it an effort to “take back America the constitutional way.”

The COS has added numerous influential and respected conservative voices to the ranks of its supporters, including former Heritage Foundation president and retired senator Jim DeMint, Gov. Greg Abbott (TX), nationally syndicated radio host Mark Levin, and others. For our special report and complete list of leaders supporting the Convention of States Project, click here.

  • Mary Ellen

    Very informative, but I would like to clarify that an Article V convention is NOT a constitutional convention because it can ONLY propose amendments to our current U.S. Constitution, not re-write it!

    • Eliza Fackler

      Totally agree with you. The DOJ, CRS, & ABA reports on the issue back up your point that this convention is only for proposing amendments and can be limited to one subject!

  • WetlinaWoman

    Also, check out the official website:

  • Eliza Fackler

    Check out too! Campaign finance reform has 5 states making the call so far. Great job with the video. It clearly explains the importance of ratification and the simplicity of the article v process.

  • billwalker

    To read more detail about Convention of States please see .

    • OR they can go to and read the TRUTH on there.

      • billwalker

        What TRUTH Rick? Specifically. We show the public record of COS that is the actual laws, statements and so forth concerning COS. So what public record is, as you phrase it, not the TRUTH? Be specific please. Tell the people what you believe on the FOAVC is not the TRUTH.

        BTW folks, Rick always says the exact same thing that FOAVC doesn’t provide the TRUTH. But he never provides evidence of what he refers to OR more to the point provides evidence to prove that what is stated is in fact not the truth.

        Instead he will go on some tangent, some tirade about convention of states–but never provide specific evidence or specific proof.

  • Brent Dunklau

    The Convention of States Project…

    Be a leader
    Be a follower

    …or get out of the way LOL