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The failed constitutional amendments

Noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson sent out the following tweet the other day:

A clever thought but one probably setting off alarm bells in the minds our constitutional law scholars out there.

Because, as Eugene Volokh notes, there were 12 amendments to the Constitution proposed in the First Congress. The first two amendments were not ratified by the states, so the 10 that passed became the Bill of Rights.

As for the two failed amendments, one became the 27th Amendment in 1992, which prohibits members of Congress from giving themselves raises during the current session.

The other amendment proposed how members of the House of Representatives would be apportioned to the states. Not enough states ratified the proposal, although, as our constitutional law scholars would point out, apportionment of House seats is spelled out in Article I of the Constitution.

Class dismissed.

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  1. The other amendment proposed how members of the House of Representatives would be apportioned to the states. Not enough states ratified the proposal, although, as our constitutional law scholars would point out, apportionment of House seats is spelled out in…..

    Let’s be honest. It was short only one states vote. Connecticut reported their vote in 2011 and Kentucky is also no reported at 15 states. 80% of the states voted for this into Constutional history. History we shouldn’t ignore any longer. It’s the Bold Truth.