Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States. No member of Congress (Senators andRepresentatives) shall receive payment for their service greater than the average income for the area they represent.Now to divert for a minute. Did you know that Snopes will not allow you to sweep and copy their work? It seems to be put up like it was a photograph. On the other hand, when I went to "Source" I was able to get this from Snopes, which seems to be good logical thinking:
Could this amendment really be passed without Congress voting on it?I like the idea, but it looks to me like it is something that a "Tea Party" like force could get passed, but not your normal legislative amendment process.
Yes and no.
Article 5of the U.S. Constitution specifies two procedures for amendments. One method is for two-thirds of states legislatures to call for a constitutional convention at which new amendments may be proposed, subject to ratification by three-fourths of the states. The constitutional convention method allows for the Constitution to be amended by the actions of states alone and cuts Congress out of the equation — noCongressional vote or approval is required. However, not once in the history of the United States have the states ever called a convention for the purpose of proposing new constitutional amendments.
The other method for amending the Constitution (the one employed with every amendment so far proposed or enacted) requires that the proposed amendment be approved by both houses of Congress (i.e., the Senate and the House of Representatives) by a two-thirds majority in each, and then ratified by three-fourths of the states. It's probably safe to speculate that the odds that a supermajority of both houses of Congress would pass an amendment which placed such restrictions upon them are very low indeed.
Regards — Cliff