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S.J.Res.7 A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to the election of Senators., 111th Congress

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  • Latest Action: Aug 06, 2009 Committee on the Judiciary. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.

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  • 85% of users support S.J.Res.7

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    • This resolution, along with H.J.Res.21in the House, proposes to alter the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, such that state-wide elections, rather than gubernatorial appointments, would be required for filling vacancies in the Senate. Introduced by Sen. Roland Burris [D, IL] by former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, as well as the high number of Senators appointed early in the year (four, which actually pales in comparison to the over a dozen appointed Senators in the 79th Congress).

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      Here's a summary from OpenCongress.org: This resolution, along with H.J.Res.21in the House, proposes to alter the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, such that state-wide elections, rather than gubernatorial appointments, would be required for filling vacancies in the Senate. Introduced by Sen. Roland Burris [D, IL] by former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, as well as the high number of Senators appointed early in the year (four, which actually pales in comparison to the over a dozen appointed Senators in the 79th Congress).

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    Highest Rated User Comments

    • On March 14, 2009, by CNerd2025 - I support election of senators by the legislatures. I think it was a grave mistake to force direct election. The people are already adequately represented by the House of Representatives; in a federal republic the states should be represented, too, as individual entities. In the pre-17th-Amendment days, state legislatures could "instruct" their senators how to vote on bills, but they can no longer do this. I think the results have been erosion of state power at the expense of Federal power and even more corruption than before. What's the worst that could happen? People might actually have a little more incentive to vote for state legislators.

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      As noted by CNerd2025, a user on OpenCongress.org, on March 14, 2009, "I support election of senators by the legislatures. I think it was a grave mistake to force direct election. The people are already adequately represented by the House of Representatives; in a federal republic the states should be represented, too, as individual entities. In the pre-17th-Amendment days, state legislatures could "instruct" their senators how to vote on bills, but they can no longer do this. I think the results have been erosion of state power at the expense of Federal power and even more corruption than before. What's the worst that could happen? People might actually have a little more incentive to vote for state legislators."
    • On February 11, 2009, by kenj0418 - Lets not go amending the Constitution just because of one crooked Governor from Illinois (is that redundant). Just keep letting each state decide how to fill their Senate vacancies. Note to Illinois: You probably want to do it by elections, since you suck at picking Governors.

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      As noted by kenj0418, a user on OpenCongress.org, on February 11, 2009, "Lets not go amending the Constitution just because of one crooked Governor from Illinois (is that redundant). Just keep letting each state decide how to fill their Senate vacancies. Note to Illinois: You probably want to do it by elections, since you suck at picking Governors."
    • On February 07, 2009, by LouisW - Due to the importance of the duties of the Congressional Upper House such as the Advice/Consent and Impeachment Clauses, it is important that a state not be deprived of Senate representation. Since 1913, states have been able to choose whether to elect a new Senator or have the Governor appoint one when a vacancy occurs. It has worked well for the last 96 years. The recent circus involving Illinois is the exception that proves the rule.

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      As noted by LouisW, a user on OpenCongress.org, on February 07, 2009, "Due to the importance of the duties of the Congressional Upper House such as the Advice/Consent and Impeachment Clauses, it is important that a state not be deprived of Senate representation. Since 1913, states have been able to choose whether to elect a new Senator or have the Governor appoint one when a vacancy occurs. It has worked well for the last 96 years. The recent circus involving Illinois is the exception that proves the rule."

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • S.J.Res.7: A joint resolution providing for the reappointment of ... - February 27, 2011 by opencongress.org - Information made available by Technorati. Users opposing H.R.1249 (2) are also: Supporting Bill. H.J.Res.42 H.J.Res.42. 1 · H.R.2674 Protecting America's ... 1 · S.J.Res.7 S.J.Res.7 ... -. Source: opencongress.org ...

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      As noted by opencongress.org on February 27, 2011, "Information made available by Technorati. Users opposing H.R.1249 (2) are also: Supporting Bill. H.J.Res.42 H.J.Res.42. 1 · H.R.2674 Protecting America's ... 1 · S.J.Res.7 S.J.Res.7 ... -. Source: opencongress.org ..." (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-sj7/show)
    • Dream Act (Immigration) « No Bull's Blog - December 17, 2010 by No Bull's Blog - 32 • S.J.Res.7 S.J.Res.7 19 • H.R.226 Broadcaster Freedom A… 14. Supporting Representatives • Sen. DeMint [R-SC] 25 • Sen. Coburn [R-OK] 20 • Sen. McCain [R-AZ] 19 • Sen. Thune [R-SD] 12 • Sen. Graham [R-SC] 11 • Rep. ...

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      As noted by No Bull's Blog on December 17, 2010, "32 • S.J.Res.7 S.J.Res.7 19 • H.R.226 Broadcaster Freedom A… 14. Supporting Representatives • Sen. DeMint [R-SC] 25 • Sen. Coburn [R-OK] 20 • Sen. McCain [R-AZ] 19 • Sen. Thune [R-SD] 12 • Sen. Graham [R-SC] 11 • Rep. ..." (http://nobullblogger.wordpress.com/2010/12/18/dream-act-immigration/)
    • H.R.6523: Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year ... - December 14, 2010 by Open Congress : Top 20 Bills Most Written... - Users supporting H.R.6523 (1) are also: Supporting Bill, Supporting Representative. H.J.Res.67 H.J.Res.67. 1 · S.J.Res.7 S.J.Res.7. 1 · H.R.17 Citizens' Self-Defens... 1 · Rep. Miller [R-FL] · 1. Opposing Bill, Opposing Sena

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      As noted by Open Congress : Top 20 Bills Most Written... on December 14, 2010, "Users supporting H.R.6523 (1) are also: Supporting Bill, Supporting Representative. H.J.Res.67 H.J.Res.67. 1 · S.J.Res.7 S.J.Res.7. 1 · H.R.17 Citizens' Self-Defens... 1 · Rep. Miller [R-FL] · 1. Opposing Bill, Opposing Sena" (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h6523/show)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • Senators Question System of Replacing Retirees - August 26, 2009 by New York Times - ... the health care legislation that Kennedy was so passionate about. The constitutional amendments are SJ Res. 7 and HJ Res. 21. The Schock bill is HR 899.

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      As noted by New York Times on August 26, 2009, "... the health care legislation that Kennedy was so passionate about. The constitutional amendments are SJ Res. 7 and HJ Res. 21. The Schock bill is HR 899." (http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/08/27/us/politics/AP-US-Senate-Vacancies.html)
    • Senate Panel Okays Ban on Gubernatorial Appointments to Vacant Senate Seats - August 20, 2009 by CNSNews.com - ...which favors direct elections rather than gubernatorial appointments to unoccupied Senate seats as the Constitution requires, was introduced Jan. 29 after news surfaced of a pay-to-play scheme involving then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) allegedly a

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      As noted by CNSNews.com on August 20, 2009, "...which favors direct elections rather than gubernatorial appointments to unoccupied Senate seats as the Constitution requires, was introduced Jan. 29 after news surfaced of a pay-to-play scheme involving then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) allegedly a" (http://www.cnsnews.com/public/checker.aspx?rsrcID=52837)
    • Senate Appointment Debate Re-Emerges - August 19, 2009 by CQPolitics.com - ... first won his seat in a 1962 special election, could further dampen already tepid support for a constitutional amendment ( SJ Res 7 ) proposed by Sen. ...

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      As noted by CQPolitics.com on August 19, 2009, "... first won his seat in a 1962 special election, could further dampen already tepid support for a constitutional amendment ( SJ Res 7 ) proposed by Sen. ..." (http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=news-000003193207)
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