Senate Dems to Seek Constitutional Amendment to Limit Citizens United Impact
In 2010, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. FEC that the limits that were in place restricting political spending violated the First Amendment to the Constitution which protects free expression. On Wednesday, Senate Democrats revealed their intention to introduce a measure which would seek to amend the United States Constitution and restrict the protections on political speech in the First Amendment.
Fox News reporter Chad Pergram revealed on Wednesday that Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is prepared to introduce an amendment aimed at restricting the influence outside groups can have on politics.
Schumer says Senate D's will bring Constitutional Amendment to the floor this year to undo McCuthecon/Citizens United SCOTUS decisions.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) April 30, 2014
A constitutional amendment faces a high hurdle before it becomes law. Presuming such an act could pass Congress, an unlikely prospect given the fact that amendments require the support of two-thirds of both the U.S House and Senate, an amendment must be ratified by 38 of America’s 50 state legislatures.
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