Process Essay: The First Step In The Amendment Process

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Constitution Essay Due to the supremacy clause the constitution is the law of the land. That makes this simple little document a giant target for most politicians trying to change laws and policies as they see fit. However, the founding fathers were a clever bunch and new this document would need to stand strong if it were to be the basis for governing our whole nation. Therefore they made the process of amending it a rather difficult feat. The first step in the amendment process is to propose said amendment to congress. Since the constitution was, more than eleven thousand amendments have been introduced in congress. (Sidlow & Henschen, 2012) So the fact that only seventeen have successfully made it through the amendment process assures one that it is in fact a rock solid system. There are two different ways to propose an amendment to the constitution. The first way is if two-thirds of both the House of Representatives and the Senate vote in favor of said amendment. All of the twenty-seven existing amendments have been proposed this way. (Sidlow & Henschen, 2012) The second way and amendment can be proposed is if two-thirds of state legislators call for a national amendment convention. In this case congress is required to call for such a convention,…show more content…
Just like proposing an amendment, there are also two separate ways for a proposed amendment to be ratified. The first option is for three-fourths of all state legislatures to vote in the amendments favor. This method is considered the “traditional” ratification method and has been used twenty-six times. (Sidlow & Henschen, 2012) The second option is, once again, the convention route. If the states request a convention and then three-fourths of them vote in favor, then that amendment is ratified. This method has been used only once- to ratify the Twenty-first Amendment. (Sidlow & Henschen,
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