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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.


The text of the resolution below is as of Jan 28, 2021 (Introduced).

Summary of this resolution

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

Context

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 ...


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. J. RES. 20

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 28, 2021

(for herself, Ms. Schakowsky, and Ms. Omar) submitted 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 recognizing and securing the fundamental right to life, liberty, and property, which includes housing, health care, education, and nutrition.

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:

The right of any person to affordable housing, cost-effective health care, quality education, and adequate nutrition shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State, and the Congress shall have power to enforce and implement this article by appropriate legislation.

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