27th Amendment

Congressional Compensation

Originally proposed September 25, 1789. Ratified May 7, 1992

No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of representatives shall have intervened.

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Media Library: 27th Amendment

Live At America's Town Hall Podcast

Should the Equal Rights Amendment Be Revived?

Dec 15

Town Hall Video

For Debate: Should the Equal Rights Amendment Be Revived?

Scholars and activists discuss the past and potential of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Dec 9

Blog Post

How a college term paper led to a constitutional amendment

The 27th Amendment is the most recent amendment to the Constitution, and its existence today can be traced to a college student…

May 7

Educational Video

Scholar Exchange: 27 Amendments in 27 Minutes (All Levels)

In this fast-paced and fun session, President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen and Chief Learning Officer Kerry Sautner join students to…

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