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27th Amendment

May 7, 2013

The 27th–and latest–Amendment was ratified on May 7, 1992.  The amendment was first proposed in 1789 as part of the Bill of Rights, but initially ratified by only six states.  It provides that no law that changes the compensation of Representatives or Senators shall take effect until an election of representatives has intervened.  Lately, with sequestration and furloughs for federal employees, the amendment was the subject of debate about whether any withholding of Congressional pay is permitted.

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