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Ben Nelson Responds

Posted Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at 3:27 PM

US Senator Ben Nelson
Not too long ago, I wrote about contacting our elected representatives about ammending the US Constitution and I promised to let you know the response I got.

I wrote both or our US senators, our 3rd district congressman, our local state senator, and our Nebraska attorney general. So far I've gotten the following response:

Our state Attorney General Jon Bruning responded by passing the buck to the feds.

US Senator Ben Neson responds Here...

Dear Brian:

Thank you for contacting me with your questions regarding the calling of a constitutional convention under Article V of the Constitution of the United States. I appreciated hearing from you on this issue.

As you know, the constitutional convention method for amending the U.S. Constitution has never been tried; and as such, there are many questions surrounding its operation and possible outcomes. Despite having never been held, state legislatures have at times used this option as a means to compel the United States Congress into action on a certain proposed amendment. One particular instance involved the eventual Thirteenth Amendment, to allow for the direct election of U.S. Senators. State legislatures began passing resolutions calling for a convention; and with only one more state required to force the convention, the Senate finally took up the measure in coordination with the House of Representatives.

Regarding your specific question, I would encourage any Nebraskan interested in having a constitutional convention occur to communicate his/her wish to members of the Nebraska Legislature. If, however, you are seeking to have a specific amendment added to our Constitution, I am more than happy to keep your thoughts in mind should a convention not be made possible by the various state legislatures.

Thank you again for contacting me. The legislative process will only work with the input of concerned citizens such as yourself, and I encourage you to continue sharing your thoughts and ideas.


Ben Nelson

U.S. Senator

I'd like to take a moment to thank Senator Nelson for responding. I sure don't have a clue why Nebraska AG Bruning referred me to our federal elected officials since the state legislature would be requred to initiate the action, but perhaps he didn't understand my question.

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To be fair, based on the information I dug up as a result of Bill Walkers response, perhaps Nebraska AG Jon Bruning actually sent me to the right source... though it might have been by accident. He didn't mention the fact that the Nebraska legislature has requested a constitutional convention 7 times already as near as I can tell.

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Sat, Mar 5, 2011, at 8:06 AM

Bill Walker - Very interesting link you provided which sent me on quite the search for more information.

It made me wonder why you (that is if you are the Bill Walker of the lawsuit) don't pursue a citizens arrest based on the conclusion that the Congress and Senate are violating the law?

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Sat, Mar 5, 2011, at 7:54 AM

The matter becomes even more a mystery when you realize the states have already submitted sufficient applications to cause a convention call. Senator Nelson knows this for a fact. He was a named defendant in a lawsuit in 2006 in which this fact was expressly made and as a defendant would have therefore known this fact.

In all 49 states have submitted over 700 applications for a convention call. The applications can be read at www.foavc.org. The lawsuit details can be found at FAQ 9.1 on that site.

The senator is simply trying to avoid the issue and lying about it by suggesting people go elsewhere. The Constitution is clear: the states have applied. Congress must call. The responsibility is entirely that of Congress including the senator and he does himself a great discredit regarding his credibility if he states otherwise. He needs to be brought to account on this issue publicly.

-- Posted by Bill Walker on Fri, Mar 4, 2011, at 11:14 AM

That thought crossed my mind too Wondering70.

I did get a voice mail today from Senator Johanns office stating a letter is being prepared... as Paul Harvey used to say... Stand by for news!

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 9:34 PM


Ol' John Boy is too busy running for the Senate to do his job.

-- Posted by goarmy67 on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 7:41 PM

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