How Would You Amend the U.S. Constitution (If At All)?
Should the Constitution be amended?
by Causes | 7.3.19
So far in the 116th Congress, lawmakers have introduced 58 resolutions to amend the U.S. Constitution in a variety of ways.
The Constitution hasn’t been amended since the 27th Amendment was ratified on May 7, 1992, which prohibits a newly authorized congressional pay raise from taking effect until the next Congress is seated.
The politically challenging process of ratifying an amendment to the U.S. Constitution ― which requires passage in both chambers of Congress by a two-thirds majority and ratification by three-fourths of the states (38 states) ― is a big part of the reason it’s been nearly three decades since the last amendment was ratified.
But setting aside the political challenges and practicalities, what constitutional amendment(s) ― if any ― would you like to see adopted? As food for thought, here’s an overview of the 58 proposed amendments in Congress now:
- 13 would require that the federal budget be balanced.
- 9 would impose term limits on Congress.
- 5 would regulate campaign finance laws to restrict corporate contributions.
- 3 would abolish the Electoral College.
- 3 would cap the number of Supreme Court justices at nine.
- 3 would either prevent Congress from delegating certain powers to federal agencies or require congressional approval for certain regulations.
- 2 would restrict the pardon power of the president.
- 2 would prohibit the desecration of the American flag.
- 2 would guarantee legal equality on the basis of sex.
- 2 would require that only U.S. citizens be considered in the congressional apportionment process.
- 2 would guarantee voting rights.
Individual proposed amendments would:
- Abolish the income tax.
- Clarify that only persons, not corporations, have constitutional rights.
- Guarantee the right to healthcare.
- Guarantee the right to education.
- Guarantee the right to nutrition, housing, education, and healthcare.
- Lower the voting age to 16.
- Prohibit Congress from getting paid if the government is shut down.
- Prohibit Congress from getting paid if a budget isn’t agreed to.
- Require that bills in Congress only address one subject.
Let us know what amendments you’d like to see adopted (or not) in the comments below!
— Eric Revell
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