Reform Bills & Amendments

It's never been more important  that every American knows how to judge reforms, and can separate myths about Article V amendment from facts, not to meditate on them but to defeat actions currently being attempted that rely on misinforming the public about the valid process. Experts disagree on some minor points but the important aspects aren’t actually in doubt. 

Several potential amendments to the Article V process itself have recently been submitted to Congress. An unnecessary Constitutional Convention is being promoted. A group of state legislatures are even requesting an illegal form of Constitutional Convention - one by the states. 

Amending the Constitution is difficult so that it won’t be used casually.

One reason the political process is slow is to winnow out false information. The following logic and textual analyses are mainstream. That doesn’t mean they’re the only mainstream interpretations.

Look into this topic further! We don’t have the luxury of leaving debate to the scholars because these points are being tested right now. Our system is in play. 

The Framers focused on checks and balances, on public participation, on balancing state and federal power – you probably learned all this in school. Now think the way they did. This is one of our most important laws. Why does it say what it says? What it doesn't say is as important as what it does say.

Article V:

"The Congress,
whenever two-thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary,
shall propose Amendments to this Constitution,
or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two-thirds of the several States,
shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments,
which, in either Case,
shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as part of this Constitution,
when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States,
or by Conventions in three-fourths thereof,
as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress;
provided that no State, without its Consent,
shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate."