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Podcast: Should the 17th Amendment be repealed?

July 13, 2017 by NCC Staff


The National Constitution Center is proud to announce the release of new essays for its Interactive Constitution, which features leading constitutional scholars chosen by the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society writing what they agree and disagree about the meaning of each part of the Constitution.

New contributions about the 17th Amendment, the 20th Amendment, the 24th Amendment, and the 25th Amendment are now available on the Center's website and will be available soon on the Interactive Constitution app.

This week, We the People highlights the 17th Amendment. Ratified in 1913, it requires the direct election of senators. Critics argue that the 17th Amendment undermines federalism and bicameralism, and some have called for its repeal. So what is the text, history, and future of this contested constitutional achievement?

David Schleicher is Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Todd Zywicki is the George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School, and Executive Director of the Law and Economics Center, at George Mason University.

Show Notes

Today’s show was edited by Kevin Kilbourne and produced by Nicandro Iannacci. Research was provided by Lana Ulrich and Tom Donnelly. The host of We the People is Jeffrey Rosen.

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