In his 1984 State of the Union address, Ronald Reagan called upon Congress to propose a Balanced Budget – Tax Limitation Amendment, acknowledging that 32 states (of the 34 required) had already applied for an Article V Convention of the States in order to propose the exact same amendment!

After years of pressuring Congress to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment, Ronald Reagan recognized the futility of doing so when he wrote Lew Uhler (who led the Balanced Budget Amendment fight in Congress) and acknowledged that the states must use the Article V Convention to ratify a Balanced Budget Amendment.