COLUMBUS — Senate President Keith Faber, R-Celina, 12th District, is spearheading a nationwide effort by state lawmakers and legislative leaders to secure commitments from the leading presidential candidates, Donald Trump, Gov. John Kasich, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz, Secretary Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, to restore the balance of power between the states and federal government.
Faber is leading the call from 65 state lawmakers to win support from the presidential candidates for five proposals:
1. Restore the balance between the States and federal government.
2. Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
3. Drive economic growth through federal tax reform.
4. Pass new common-sense regulatory review processes, standards and limitations on the President and Congress.
5. Nominate to the judiciary strong Constitutional conservatives who will respect the essential role of state authority in our federal system.
“The Founding Fathers did not write the Constitution with the intentions of making state governments junior partners,” said Faber. “This is why we are seeking all presidential candidates to affirm their belief in the balance of power. While we each have a favorite candidate, it has been a joy to work with a group of talented and dedicated state leaders from around the country to ensure state-based solutions are discussed to address the most pressing challenges our communities face.”
Several elected officials have responded to Faber’s call for a balance of power.
“Our country was built on the idea of federalism, and sadly states have been severely stripped of their autonomy. It is imperative that our next president restore power and flexibility to the states so they can implement innovative reforms that best serve and protect their citizens,” said Sen. Leah Vukmir, Assistant Majority Leader of the Wisconsin State Senate.
“I am proud to join with leaders across the United States in calling on all of the presidential candidates to uphold the Constitution through a commitment to restoring the balance of power between the States and the federal government,” said Rep. Tom Leonard, Speaker Pro Tempore of the Michigan House of Representatives.
“The 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution recognizes the dangers of a disproportionately powerful federal government, and I hope that those individuals who are seeking our nation’s highest office will recognize the wisdom of expanding, not restricting, states’ ability for self-governance,” said Sen. Brandt Hershman, Majority Floor Leader of the Indiana Senate.