Amendments to the U.S. Constitution List (All 27)

List of Amendments to the U.S. Constitution

George Washington presiding over the signing of the Constitution in 1789George Washington presiding over the signing of the Constitution in 1789By: Howard Chandler Christy

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  • When the Senate Intelligence Committee passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act by a vote of 14 to 1, committee chairman Senator Richard Burr argued that it successfully balanced security and privacy.
  • Are Online Threats Protected Speech or Criminal Activity?
    What should happen if someone threatens to kill you on social media? Are they protected by the First Amendment right guaranteeing the right to freedom of speech, or are they breaking the law? We will soon know now the answer after the Supreme Court rules on a case that may have far reaching ramifications well beyond the single case they are hearing.
  • Voter ID Laws Disenfranchise Millions by Tackling Non-Existent Problem
    What is it about a United States citizen exercising their greatest Constitutionally mandated right that scares so many Republicans? It's a question that should bother everyone on both sides of the aisle because voting is not a Republican or Democratic right, but is a right for every legal citizen in this country.
  • Welcome to the 21st Century Version of Jim Crow
    Six million disenfranchised citizens; voter identification laws that disproportionally affect minorities and the poor; moving polling stations, reducing early voting days, and canceling Sunday voting altogether. Welcome to the Jim Crow of the 21st Century. It's less sexy than the racist laws of the 20th Century, but it's just as dangerous.
  • Georgia's "Guns Everywhere" Bill
    Republican Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed the "Safe Carry Protection Act" into state law on 4/23/2014. This law is being dubbed the "guns everywhere" bill by its critics. Here are the in's and out's of this incredibly controversial law, that goes into effect on July 1st.
  • The Federal Income Tax: A Patriotic Duty For a Better America
    April 15th is a day that elicits a strong emotion in many of us Americans. While millions of Americans have already filed their Federal Income taxes, there are always millions more procrastinators out there who wait until the final minute to submit their paperwork. Everyone has their own reasons for doing their taxes when they do them.
  • 'Hobby Lobby' Decision Could Rewrite The Definition of Religious Freedom
    On Tuesday Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on what has become to be known as "The Hobby Lobby" case. I may be accused of being too hyperbolic, but I believe this case has the potential to redefine the concept of religious freedom for years to come.
  • NY City Mayor Bill De Blasio Is Boycotting the St. Patrick's Day Parade
    The Saint Patrick's Day parade is a big deal in New York City. The parade has been running annually each and every year, dating all the way back to the early days of 1762. Every year on March 17th, the city holds the parade that has come to expect an audience of roughly a million spectators and a few hundred thousand participants. Also of note, the parade is privately run.

AmendmentDescription
Bill of Rights329071
1st AmendmentFreedom of Speech, Religion & Press19018
Establishment ClauseCongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion00
Free Exercise ClauseCongress shall make no law... prohibiting the free exercise thereof [religion]...00
2nd AmendmentRight to bear arms2996117
3rd AmendmentProhibits the forced quartering of soldiers out of war time12
4th AmendmentProhibits unreasonable searches and seizures and sets out requirements for search warrants based o...379
5th AmendmentSets out rules for indictment by grand jury and eminent domain, protects the right to due process,...57
6th AmendmentProtects the right to a fair and speedy public trial by jury, including the rights to be notified...72
7th AmendmentProvides for the right to trial by jury in certain civil cases, according to common law12
8th AmendmentProhibits excessive fines and excessive bail, as well as cruel and unusual punishment28
9th AmendmentProtects rights not enumerated in the constitution.22
10th AmendmentLimits the powers of the federal government to those delegated to it by the Constitution103
11th AmendmentImmunity of states from suits from out-of-state citizens and foreigners not living within the stat...10
12th AmendmentRevises presidential election procedures11
Reconstruction AmendmentsThirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth amendments to the United States Constitution, adopted betwee...9613
13th AmendmentAbolishes slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime142
14th AmendmentDefines citizenship, contains the Privileges or Immunities Clause, the Due Process Clause, the Equ...739
15th AmendmentProhibits the denial of suffrage based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude91
16th AmendmentAllows the federal government to collect income tax61
17th AmendmentEstablishes the direct election of United States Senators by popular vote11
18th AmendmentProhibition of Alcohol277
19th AmendmentEstablishes women's suffrage right to vote71
20th AmendmentFixes the dates of term commencements for Congress (January 3) and the President (January 20); kno...10
21st AmendmentRepeals the Eighteenth Amendment272
22nd AmendmentLimits the president to two terms, or a maximum of 10 years131
23rd AmendmentProvides for representation of Washington, D.C. in the Electoral College00
24th AmendmentProhibits the revocation of voting rights due to the non-payment of poll taxes131
25th AmendmentCodifies the Tyler Precedent; defines the process of presidential succession201
26th AmendmentEstablishes the official voting age to be 18 years old11
27th AmendmentPrevents laws affecting Congressional salary from taking effect until the beginning of the next se...20
  • Attorney General William Barr just attempted a “mine-is-bigger-than-yours” power play in an ongoing government lawsuit with Twitter. The move pits national security directly against the First Amendment, and the impending drama promises to be high.
  • The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help efforts to rein in police seizure of property from criminal suspects. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the court’s opinion in favor of Tyson Timbs, of Marion, Indiana. Police seized Timbs’ $40,000 Land Rover when they arrested him for selling about $400 worth of heroin.
  • The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help efforts to rein in police seizure of property from criminal suspects. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the court’s opinion in favor of Tyson Timbs, of Marion, Indiana. Police seized Timbs’ $40,000 Land Rover when they arrested him for selling about $400 worth of heroin.
  • We are the only country in which guns outnumber people — a fact that came true in 2009. Yet, we keep manufacturing more and more guns.
  • Jan 07 2016
    The Second Amendment: Original Intent
    “If every private citizen had the right to carry a musket, a thousand people would've shot Patrick Henry by now, am I right?”
  • President Obama said a lot about guns in his teary press conference Tuesday, but the one thing that he is not saying, despite all the howling from the right, is that he intends to take away Americans’ guns. Yet equally significant is the realization that individual citizens are unwilling to free themselves of the destructive weapons that are wreaking havoc on our society. Numerous Americans care more about their individual freedoms than our collective freedoms, and they are unable to see how these individualistic desires undermine the essential fabric of a democracy.
  • For most of the last two centuries, Europeans have been puzzling over their American cousins’ totemic obsession with guns and their passion for concealed weapons. And back in the decades before the American Civil War, several British visitors to American shores thought they’d discerned an important connection: people who owned slaves or lived among them wanted to carry guns to keep the blacks intimidated and docile, but often shot each other, too.
  • Everyone knows Bernie Sanders is a liberal. But there's one issue the self-described "democratic socialist" isn't so liberal on: guns. Now, Sanders isn't — as some people have described him — a "gun nut," but he does have a mixed voting record on gun policy. As a former representative and now senator of the very liberal Vermont, Sanders has swung to the left on many issues, particularly the economy and health care. But guns are one issue his rural state, with its relatively high levels of gun ownership, is moderate on — since so many residents use firearms for hunting and sport.

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