Columbus - 
State Senator Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township) announced today he has introduced a resolution that seeks to begin the process to amend the United States Constitution to include a balanced budget amendment. The proposed amendment would require the President to submit only balanced budgets to Congress - except in times of war - grant the President the power of a line-item veto and change the federal budgeting process to be on a biennial basis. "Gridlock in Washington is preventing us from doing the right thing," Senator Coley said. "I for one want to be a part of the solution. Ohio wants to be part of the solution." The resolution, pursuant to Article V of the U.S. Constitution, would need concurrence from two-thirds of state legislatures in order for a convention to be held. Any amendment resulting from a convention would then need to be ratified by three-fourths of state legislatures in order to become binding. "The founders gave us a number of different ways to amend the Constitution. I think it's important that we explore all of our options in order to restore fiscal sanity back to Washington," Coley said. By law, the State of Ohio is required to have a balanced budget.
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"Working together, we have cut almost $1.1 billion from the original version of the budget and have brought the budget in balance without putting Ohio's economy at risk by raising taxes," said Senator Coley, who serves a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which is responsible for balancing Ohio's two-year operating budget. 


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"Today is another milestone in our efforts to honor Kyler and all those who suffer, both directly and indirectly, from the devastation that DIPG causes families," said Coley. 

DIPG is an aggressive, malignant brain tumor found at the base of the brain stem, affecting approximately 200 to 400 children in the U.S each year. It is the second most common malignant brain tumor and is the leading cause of childhood death due to brain tumors. The average prognosis of those diagnosed is 9 months. Symptoms include double vision, inability to close the eyelids completely, drooping of one side of the face as well as difficulty chewing and swallowing.


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"Today is another milestone in our efforts to honor Kyler and all those we've lost too soon to DIPG," said Coley. "This simple measure offers hope for families that one day we can overcome this disease and the heartbreak it causes."