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H.J.Res. 31 (115th): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections.

The text of the resolution below is as of Jan 24, 2017 (Introduced). The resolution was not adopted.



1st Session

H. J. RES. 31


January 24, 2017

(for himself, Mrs. Beatty, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Brendan F. Boyle of Pennsylvania, Mrs. Bustos, Mr. Cartwright, Ms. Castor of Florida, Mr. Cicilline, Ms. Clark of Massachusetts, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Conyers, Mr. Crowley, Mr. Cummings, Mr. DeFazio, Ms. DeLauro, Mr. Doggett, Mr. Michael F. Doyle of Pennsylvania, Mr. Engel, Ms. Eshoo, Mr. Espaillat, Ms. Esty, Mr. Foster, Ms. Frankel of Florida, Mr. Garamendi, Mr. Gene Green of Texas, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Hastings, Mr. Himes, Ms. Kaptur, Mr. Keating, Mr. Kihuen, Ms. Kuster of New Hampshire, Mr. Langevin, Mr. Larsen of Washington, Mr. Loebsack, Ms. Lofgren, Mrs. Lowey, Ms. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, Mr. Lynch, Mr. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Ms. McCollum, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Meeks, Mr. Moulton, Mr. Nadler, Mr. Nolan, Ms. Norton, Mr. O'Rourke, Mr. Pascrell, Ms. Pelosi, Ms. Pingree, Mr. Quigley, Mr. Raskin, Miss Rice of New York, Ms. Roybal-Allard, Mr. Sarbanes, Mr. Schrader, Mr. Serrano, Ms. Shea-Porter, Mr. Sires, Ms. Slaughter, Mr. Smith of Washington, Ms. Speier, Mr. Suozzi, Mr. Swalwell of California, Ms. Titus, Mr. Tonko, Ms. Tsongas, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Mr. Welch, Ms. Wilson of Florida, Ms. Schakowsky, Ms. Velázquez, Mr. Schiff, Mr. Perlmutter, Mr. Walz, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Schneider, Mr. Soto, and Mr. Huffman) submitted the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections.

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:


To advance democratic self-government and political equality, and to protect the integrity of government and the electoral process, Congress and the States may regulate and set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections.


Congress and the States shall have power to implement and enforce this article by appropriate legislation, and may distinguish between natural persons and corporations or other artificial entities created by law, including by prohibiting such entities from spending money to influence elections.


Nothing in this article shall be construed to grant Congress or the States the power to abridge the freedom of the press.