Amending the United States Constitution
The Great Conundrum
While Congress has long failed to propose a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA), the state-driven convention process is complicated, untested and difficult to unleash.
Fortunately, there is a third option.
The states can use the threat of a convention (at 33 states) to force Congress to propose a BBA, just as they did when they forced Congress to propose the 17th Amendment. The motivating fear for members of Congress is that a state-drafted BBA is likely to be quite draconian, and thus Congress is highly likely to propose a BBA of its own at 33 states.