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27th Amendment

How a C-grade college term paper led to a constitutional amendment

May 7, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The 27th Amendment is the most recent amendment to the Constitution, and its existence today can be traced to a college student who proposed the idea in a term paper and was given a C by his professor for the idea.

Happy birthday, 27th Amendment!

May 7, 2016 By NCC Staff

Today we celebrate the 24th anniversary of the 27th Amendment's ratification. Here’s what you need to know.

27th Amendment: Congressional Pay Limitation

February 27, 2014 By NCC Staff

More than 200 years after it was proposed as part of the original Bill of Rights, this amendment prohibited members of Congress from receiving an increase in salary until after the next election had been held.

Should Congress see a pay cut or a pay raise?

May 7, 2013 By Scott Bomboy

When it comes to amendments in the Constitution, the 27th amendment, which deals with congressional pay, isn’t as well known as others. But the question of congressional pay raises—or cuts—has gotten a lot of attention recently.

Sequester facts: What happens next, what gets cut

February 25, 2013 By Scott Bomboy

As lawmakers and President Obama haggle over a sequester deal in Washington this week, people are nervous about more than $1 trillion in budget cuts and how they will affect jobs and the economy.

Why Congress protected its own pay in the sequester deal

February 21, 2013 By NCC Staff

Congressional staffers face layoffs and furloughs in two weeks, but Congress members made sure their own paychecks were safe when passing the “sequester law” in 2011.

Debt-ceiling deal passes despite constitutional concerns

February 1, 2013 By Scott Bomboy

The Senate has approved legislation that extends the nation’s debt ceiling until May, despite some concerns the bill conflicts with the 27th Amendment.

What happens when Congress passes an unconstitutional law?

January 28, 2013 By Scott Bomboy

The debate over the “No Budget, No Pay” debt-ceiling deal has some people saying the proposed act is unconstitutional because of the 27th Amendment. But what happens if Congress passes a law that can be successfully challenged?

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