Ind. Senate chief pushes constitutional convention

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2012 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky, listens at right as Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Twice burned, Republicans are treading carefully around tea party groups as they pursue a Senate majority that slipped through their fingers in 2010 and 2012.

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2012 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky, listens at right as Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Twice burned, Republicans are treading carefully around tea party groups as they pursue a Senate majority that slipped through their fingers in 2010 and 2012. "You'd have to be an idiot not to prepare" for primary challenges, says one past director of the Republicans' Senate campaign committee. Strongly conservative candidates have captured primaries in the past two election cycles, only to lose winnable races in the fall. Sen, John Barrasso, R-Wyo., is at left, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. is second from right. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana's state Senate leader says he hopes to stir up support around the country for a new U.S. constitutional convention aimed at limiting the powers of the federal government.

The state Senate voted largely along party lines this week to approve a resolution seeking a state-called constitutional convention. Thirty-three more states would have to call for such a convention, which has never happened before.

Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long says if the resolution is also approved by the Indiana House, he will work with legislative leaders in other states concerned about the federal government's growing reach.

The resolution calls for a convention focused on limiting the power of Congress to tax and regulate interstate commerce. Those issues were argued in challenges to the federal health care overhaul.

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