The 28th Amendment

Tomorrow the Senate and House Judiciary Committees will hold a rare joint hearing on an amendment to the Constitution proposed by Senator Russ Feingold. The proposed amendment gives the power of directly electing U.S. senators when a vacancy arises to the people of each state, instead of relying on the hodgepodge of standards that exist now. While the amendment has picked up momentum in the House of Representatives, it hasn’t gotten much support in the U.S. Senate, but tomorrow’s hearing could be a positive step in the right direction.

I wrote in support of Sen. Feingold’s proposed amendment when he first submitted it, and I still think it’s a good idea today. While I certainly appreciate the argument that states should be able to decide things for themselves, I also believe in making sure a process exists by which the people are given as much of a voice as possible when it comes to who will represent their interests in Washington, D.C. Here’s some video of Sen. Feingold discussing his proposed amendment:

If you’d like to show your support for Sen. Feingold’s proposed Constitutional amendment, add your name as a citizen co-sponsor today.


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