Ashcroft and constitutional amendments
jnoble at DGSYS.COM
Wed Jan 17 16:48:23 PST 2001
The Post identifies six: overturn Roe v. Wade; permit prayer in public
schools; require a supermajority in Congress to raise any tax; permit
Congress to outlaw desecration of the American flag; impose term limits on
members of Congress; and an amendment to facilitate the amendment of the
Constitution on the initiative of state legislatures. The seventh appears
to be a balanced budget amendment (S.J.Res. 7 in the 106th Cong.),
requiring a 3/5 majority to approve outlays in excess of receipts exclusive
of borrowings. He may have supported an earlier version, but isn't listed
as a co-sponsor of the Victims Rights Amendment proposed in the 106th Cong.
At 2:34 PM -0500 1/17/01, Lynne Henderson wrote:
>Two of the amendments Ashcroft was involved in supporting were the so-called
>"flag burning amendment" and the "victim's Rights Amendment"....
>I think this is a non sequitor, until, at least, one focuses on the
>specific proposals and demonstrates why they are ill-advised. ...
>>I was struck by the fact that the man to be charged with principal
>>responsibility for protecting and defending the Constitution supported no
>>fewer than seven Constitutional amendments in the course of a single Senate
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