Here is the follow-up to my recent post about how to fix Congress. It comes in the form of proposed constitutional amendment. Let me know what you think.
ARTICLE XXVIII An amendment to address certain deficiencies in the operation of, and representation in, the Congress of the United States of America.
Section 1: All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives. a. Each State shall elect two (2) Senators. b. Each State shall elect a whole number of Representatives proportional to its population.
Section 2: a. There shall be in the House of Representatives no fewer than one (1) representative per two-hundred-thousand (200,000) citizens. [Currently there are approximately 606,060 persons per representative in the House] b. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to the above said formula to the nearest whole number based on the most recent census taken at the time of this article's ratification. c. In apportioning said representatives, the practice of "gerrymandering" shall be prohibited by appropriate criminal penalties. All congressional districts shall be drawn according the natural demographic, legal and jurisdictional boundaries (city, county and parish) within in each of the several States.
Section 3: a. Representatives shall be limited to four (4) two (2) year terms. b. Senators shall be limited to two (2) six (6) year terms.
Section 4: No legislation shall deal with more than one subject and amendments to said legislation shall only pertain to the original legislation.
Section 5: The President of the United States shall have the power to veto individual items within legislation submitted to him for approval without invalidating the entire legislation.
Section 6: Congress shall have power to provide all necessary and appropriate infrastructure to accommodate all representatives in a timely fashion; infrastructure to include, but not be limited to, salaries, offices, staff etc.
Section 7: Congress shall be bound by all legislation enacted as are all other citizens and legal residents of this republic.
Section 8: Congress shall enforce the provisions of this article by appropriate legislation.
Section 9: If this article has not been ratified within seven (7) years of its proposal to the several States, it shall be considered invalid.
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