The leader of the Indiana State Senate wants to limit federal spending through a U.S constitutional amendment.
Senate Majority Leader David Long wants to start that process on an amendment meant to impose limits on the Constitution’s Commerce Clause and federal taxing authority. He says limiting those two powers would help prevent the federal government from enacting measures like the Affordable Care Act, which he calls the poster child for federal overreaching.
“This is not some kind of conspiracy theorists all gathering together to drive the federal government out of our lives,” he says. “It is, I think, a thoughtful and constitutionally-based approach to how we can protect states’ rights.”
But Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane says the proposal is a distraction.
“I think we ought to keep our nose to the grindstone on what people are wanting us to which is to work on ways to create jobs,” he says.
Long says he has spoken with lawmakers in other states, such as Tennessee and Texas, who say they would follow Indiana’s lead. Still, he admits the process could take years.