Understanding the Constitution – 27th Amendment

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Consitution of the United States and Feather QuillPassed by Congress: Sept 25, 1789

Ratified: May 7, 1992

27th Amendment

No law, varying the compensation for the service of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of representatives shall have intervened.

This one is quit interesting, or at least the history is.  Basically, this amendment states that if congress vote themselves a raise it does not take effect until the next election.  So they only get the raise they voted for if they are re-elected for another term.

So the history.  Yes, those dates above are correct.  This amendment was part of the first 12 Amendments proposed. 10 of which got passed and ratified and are now called the Bill of Rights.  This Amendment got passed by congress and has been setting around for over 200 years.  Three-fourths of the states finally got around to ratifying it in 1992.  Simply amazing.

This is the last Amendment to the Constitution and thus this is the last in the Understanding the Constitution series.  I hope you have enjoyed the posts.  I’ve learned much researching and writing them and I hope you have too.  I’ll add to the series if any new Amendments are ratified.