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Tom Coburn Plans To Push For A Constitutional Convention After He Retires

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States can pass resolutions to call for a Convention of the States. The Georgia state senate passed a resolution on Tuesday, and movements are underway in a few other states, according to the Huffington Post.

In order to hold a national convention, 34 states must pass resolutions calling for one, and 38 states would then need to ratify any amendment proposed.

"Washington isn't going to fix itself," he said. "We need a balanced budget amendment, we need term limits, we need the oversight capability to limit the bureaucracy in terms of its impact on the private sector. ... We need to have that discussion. And I want to tell you, the country's tuned for it."

Coburn announced last year that he would undergo treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer.