wat is the 27 amenment and plz don't write no law, varying the compensation for services of the senators and reprsentatives, shall take effect, until an election of representatives shall have invented. explain it as if you were explaining it to a kid. thx!!!=D
- Dan SLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
The meaning of the 27th amendment (passed in 1992) is simple.
"No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened."
IN ANOTHER WORDS if Congress votes itself a raise in pay then that pay raise will not take effect until AFTER the elections that are held every 2 years. This gives the public a chance to use their votes to tell their Congressmen that they are not happy with their pay raise.
This is important because 1/3 of the Senators and ALL of the House of Representatives come up for election every 2 years, and all pay raises have to start with the House of Representatives. So if the public wasn’t happy with the pay raise then they could show this by kicking all the Representatives out of office. Of course that still doesn’t get rid of the pay raise, presumably the new House of Representatives would be expected to do that.
The intent was to prevent Congressmen from raising their pay year after year, but it has failed. Congress has voted itself a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA), and the Supreme Court has ruled that increases in COLA are not increases in pay. So Congress can keep giving itself small pay raises without having to tell anyone except those that follow Congress very closely.
Presented in the United States House of Representatives by Representative James Madison of Virginia, future fourth President of the United States, this amendment was the second of the twelve Constitutional amendments originally submitted to the state legislatures for ratification by the 1st Congress on September 25, 1789
Some of the Founding Fathers meant to include the provision in the original Constitution, but it was never accepted by the founding convention. The idea was shelved "until 1982, when a Texas university student, Gregory Watson, rediscovered it. The push for ratification began in earnest; and the amendment was finally ratified a decade later on May 5, 1992, when it was approved by the legislature of Alabama, the 38th state to assent, there being 50 states in the Union at the time. At that point, it became the Constitution's 27th Amendment. Under the 1939 ruling of the United States Supreme Court in the landmark case of Coleman v. Miller, (307 U.S. 433 (1939)) any proposed amendment for which Congress does not specify a ratification deadline remains pending business before the states and the states may continue to consider that amendment regardless of that amendment's age."
The 27th Amendment was a good idea that many of our founding fathers thought should be in the Constitution to limit Congress from keep raising their pay, or to at least hold them accountable to the public. In fact it was proposed very early in the history of the US. It was held up by the states, all amendments require a yes vote from the state legislatures of at least 2/3s of the Nation. Those state legislatures really didn’t want to pass the law since a similar law would control their pay. It took over 200 years before the amendment was finally passed. Congress has sidestepped the law, and the Supreme Court let them get away with it, so the law is all but useless.
Needless to say James is looking at some old records.
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U.S. Constitution: Twenty-Seventh Amendment Twenty-Seventh Amendment - Congressional Pay Limitation Amendment Text | Annotations No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened. Annotations Regulating Congressional Pay Referred to the state legislatures at the same time as those proposals that eventually became the Bill of Rights, the congressional pay amendment had long been assumed to be dead. This provision had its genesis, as did several others of the first amendments, in the petitions of the States ratifying the Constitution. It, however, was ratified by only six States (out of the eleven needed), and it was rejected by five States. Aside from the idiosyncratic action of the Ohio legislature in 1873, which ratified the proposal in protest of a controversial pay increase adopted by Congress, the pay limitation provision lay dormant until the 1980s. Then, an aide to a Texas legislator discovered the proposal and began a crusade that culminated some ten years later in its proclaimed ratification. Now that the provision is apparently a part of the Constitution, it will likely play a minor role. What it commands was already statutorily prescribed, and, at most, it may have implications for automatic cost-of-living increases in pay for Members of Congress. atp
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- rcpadenLv 51 decade ago
This amendment prevents Congress form passing immediate salary increases for itself. It requires that salary changes passed by Congress cannot take effect until after the next congressional election.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
Ummm, there is no 27th amendment. There are only 26.