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Congress shall erect no company of merchants with exclusive advantages of commerce.
— Massachusetts Ratifying Convention, 1788
Congress shall never disarm any citizen, unless such as are or have been in actual rebellion.
— New Hampshire Ratifying Convention, 1788
Excessive bail ought not to be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
— New Hampshire Ratifying Convention, 1788
No soldier shall be enlisted for any longer term than four years, except in time of war, and then for no longer term than the continuance of the war.
— North Carolina Ratifying Convention, 1788
The executive power shall he vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his office during the term of five years, and, together with the Vice President chosen for the same term.
— Introduced in Congress, 1833
Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed: Provided, That whenever the elective franchise shall be denied or abridged in any State on account of race or color, all persons of such race or color shall be excluded from the basis of representation.
— Introduced in Congress, 1866
No State shall contract with any person or corporation to hire or contract out the labor of the prisoners, or any part of them, who are now or may hereafter be confined in any prison, jail, or other place of incarceration within the territorial limits of the United States, for any offense against the laws of any State or against the laws of the Government of the United States.
— Introduced in Congress, 1883
The fifteenth amendment to the Constitution of the United States be, and the same is hereby, repealed and annulled.
— Introduced in Congress, 1905
The preamble to the Constitution shall begin with the words and sentence: “In the name of God.”
— Introduced in Congress, 1910
Polygamy and polygamous cohabitation shall not exist within the United States or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
— Introduced in Congress, 1914
The immigrant who desires to become a genuine, whole-hearted American citizen should be educated and encouraged and as a means to this end we heartily endorse the pending constitutional amendment for the educational qualification of voters.
— Republican Party Platform of New York, 1920
War for any purpose shall be illegal, and neither the United States nor any State, Territory, association, or person subject to its jurisdiction shall prepare for, declare, engage in, or carry on war or other armed conflict, expedition, invasion, or undertaking within or without the United States, nor shall any funds be raised, appropriated, or expended for such purpose.
— Introduced in Congress, 1926
Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on income derived from securities issued after the ratification of this article by or under the authority of any State, but without discrimination against inoomo derived from such securities and in favor of income derived from securities issued after (he ratification of this article by or under the authority of the United Slates or any other State.
— Introduced in Congress, 1934
No person within the-United States, or any place subject to the jurisdiction thereof, shall be disqualified from the exercise of any public function, or from being appointed to 1 or holding any civil or judicial office, or be precluded or debarred from entering or carrying on any occupation, profession, vocation, or employment, or be exempt from liability to serve as a juror, on account of .sex or marriage.
— Introduced in Congress, 1942
This Nation devoutly recognizes the authority and law of Jesus Christ, Saviour and Ruler of nations, through whom are bestowed the blessings of Almighty God.
— Introduced in Congress, 1951
The right of the people of the United States to enjoy the outdoors and their heritage of natural resources and natural beauty shall not be violated.
— Introduced in Congress, 1967
Any judge appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States after the ratification of this article shall hold office for a term of ten years from the date on which the Senate gives its advice and consent to:such appointment. Upon the expiration of his temi of office a judge of such Court shall be eligible for reappointment.
— Introduced in Congress, 1969
The right and duty of designating which public elementary and secondary school a child or ward will attend belongs jointly to the parents or guardian of each child, or ward, and to the local school board, or other local educational authority, for the district in which the child resides, and shall not be impaired or denied, either directly or indirectly, by any law. ordinance, regulation, or action of the United States, or of any State or political subdivision thereof.
— Introduced in Congress, 1971
We will work for the constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget passed by the Republican Senate but blocked by the Democrat-controlled House and denounced by the Democrat Platform. If Congress fails to act on this issue, a constitutional convention should be convened to address only this issue in order to bring deficit spending under control.
— Republican Party Platform, 1984
The Congress of the United States and the several States have the power to prohibit and punish the desecrating, mutilating, defacing, defiling, or burning of any flag of the United States.
— Introduced in Congress, 1989
Amend the Constitution to authorize the regulation of election contributions and spending to eliminate undue influence of money in our political system, and to protect the rights of all Americans to free speech, political participation, and meaningful representation in government.
— The Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship, 2020