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Posted: 02 April 2006 at 2:26am | IP Logged Quote Ahmad25

why was a process for making amendments included in the constitution?

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Posted: 17 January 2007 at 12:48am | IP Logged Quote Iamatutor99

The process for admitting amendments to the US constitution are stated in Article 5 of the US Constitution (describes process necessary to amend the Constitution. There are two main ways in which amendments can be admitted, (1) Congress and (2) National convention (by the states).

(1) Congress

The congress can propose amendments by having a 2/3 vote of a quorum (mixture of the Senate and the House).

(2) National Convention

The states can convene their state legislatures and having 2/3's of them approve the bill, it would go to congress to get approved.

After approval, both methods must have the amendment ratified by three-quarters of the U.S. States. 

 

To answer your question more directly, this process was put in the constitution to ensure that every amendment had the majority support. It is just another one of those check and balance features ensured to make our laws fair 

 



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