STATEHOUSE (Dec. 9, 2013) — State Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) joined a bipartisan meeting of nearly 100 state legislators, known as the Mount Vernon Assembly, to initiate the process of constitutional action created for states to address federal gridlock. Legislators from Indiana and 31 other states gathered in Mt. Vernon, Va. on Saturday, Dec. 7, to review procedures and continue discussions on holding a convention of states.
Such a convention of states would offer amendments to the U.S. Constitution, as established under Article V. Legislators at the meeting said these amendments could curb the federal government’s overreach, but specific subject matter was not discussed.
Holdman said he is hopeful such action would return Americans’ confidence in their federal government and ensure Congress works for its constituents’ interests.
“Across the nation, it’s evident that the American people are losing faith in Washington,” Holdman said. “With gridlock and dysfunction plaguing Congress, it’s now the states’ duty to step up to the plate and restore balance to our federal government. We clearly cannot continue on the path we are going. The states were given this amendment tool for a reason, and I believe now is the time to use it.”
The group adopted an action plan, including plans for a future meeting. This gathering will further develop details for a convention of states.
Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long was one of five state legislators to lead the effort to organize the Mount Vernon Assembly. The others included State Rep. Chris Kapenga of Wisconsin, State Rep. Matt Huffman of Ohio, State Rep. Gary Banz of Oklahoma and State Sen. Caryn Tyson of Kansas.