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H.J.Res. 9 (114th): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States giving Congress power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.


The text of the resolution below is as of Jan 6, 2015 (Introduced). The resolution was not adopted.

Summary of this resolution

Burning the American flag has always been one of the most shocking and controversial means of protest, from hippies in the 1960s to today, with ananti-Trump flag-burning demonstration outside the Republican National Convention last month. Is the action an acceptable form of free speech, or should it be illegal?

Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR3) and Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) think it should be illegal. They have sponsored H.J.Res. 9 in the House and S.J.Res. 21 in the Senate, which would propose a constitutional amendment banning the practice.

What supporters say

Supporters argue that the Stars and Stripes is one of our country’s most cherished symbols and should be immune from …


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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. J. RES. 9

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 6, 2015

(for himself, Mr. Fortenberry, Mr. Cramer, Mr. Johnson of Ohio, Mr. Roe of Tennessee, and Mrs. Blackburn) introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States giving Congress power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.

That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:

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The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.

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