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Ron Shelby


Jim Forsythe

Robert, I'm not sure but isn't this the rule • "Amending the Constitution: Congressional approval of a Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires a 2/3 majority of those members present and voting in both House and Senate. (Article 5)" so wouldn't this mean 2/3 of 119 not 123.
I don't think if they are not their there votes count one way or the other.

Ron Shelby

The key word "present" is a really good point!

Jim Forsythe

Robert, as amendment's have already adopted this is the only way to change them. Unless the Supreme Court got involved some way which .II don't think they would want to do.

It takes an amendment to revoke an amendment and there are two ways to do it.

1. The Congress proposes the Amendment. The bill, unchanged, must pass both houses by a 2/3 margin. The bill then goes to the states for ratification. A time limit is usually set and 3/4 of the states have to ratify.
This is the way the Constitution has been amended to this point.

2. A Constitutional Convention is called by 2/3 of the states. A amendment is proposed by the convention. The amendment then goes to each state legislature for vote. 3/4 of the state legislatures must approve.

George Croix

We still have a functioning Constitution?
Some 'scholars' disagree.....[whistling]

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