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S.J.Res. 41 (114th): A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to abolish the electoral college and to provide for the direct popular election of the President and Vice President of the United States.

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About the resolution

Donald Trump won the presidency with a 306 to 232 Electoral College advantage, or 56.8% of the electoral votes. Yet Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a margin currently tallied at more than 2.3 million votes, or50.9 percent of the two-party vote. This is the second time in five presidential election this has occurred, with the infamous 2000 recount giving George W. Bush the presidency despite Al Gore winning 50.2 percent of the two-party vote.

proposal introduced by retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) would end the Electoral College and determine the president by a straight popular vote.

What the proposal does

Boxer is proposing a constitutional amendment to elect both the president and vice president by a national popular vote. The Electoral College would be …

Sponsor and status

Barbara Boxer

Sponsor. Senator for California. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Nov 15, 2016
Length: 2 pages
Nov 15, 2016
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This resolution was introduced on November 15, 2016, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


3 Cosponsors (3 Democrats)



Nov 15, 2016

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S.J.Res. 41 (114th) was a joint resolution in the United States Congress.

A joint resolution is often used in the same manner as a bill. If passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and signed by the President, it becomes a law. Joint resolutions are also used to propose amendments to the Constitution.

Resolutions numbers restart every two years. That means there are other resolutions with the number S.J.Res. 41. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This joint resolution was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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