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H.J.Res. 20: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States recognizing and securing the fundamental right to life, liberty, and property, which includes housing, health care, education, and nutrition.

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These material and tangible rights would mark a notable departure from the more abstract rights currently enshrined, like freedom of assembly and petition.


In 1941, just after the Great Depression and at the dawn of American involvement in World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered an iconic speech to Congress in which he advocated a U.S. — and a world — premised upon “four freedoms.” The first two are established in the Constitution: freedom of speech / expression and freedom of religion, both in the First Amendment.

The other two were not in the Constitution directly: “freedom from want” and “freedom from fear.” While were never taken up as constitutional amendments in Roosevelt’s own time, now some members of Congress want to enshrine his “freedom from want” principle into ...

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Alma Adams

Sponsor. Representative for North Carolina's 12th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 28, 2021
Length: 2 pages
Jan 28, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Jan 28, 2021

This resolution is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 28, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


2 Cosponsors (2 Democrats)



Jan 28, 2021

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H.J.Res. 20 is 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 H.J.Res. 20. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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