Amending the First Amendment

Amending the First Amendment

Senator Tom Udall’s (NM) S.J. Res. 19 would revoke nearly four decades of campaign finance jurisprudence from the Supreme Court and greatly reduce the quantity (and likely quality) of debate in this country. As written, the amendment could be read in myriad ways and fundamentally miscomprehends the free press clause. It is a rhetorical document that highlights the difficulty in tampering with the First Amendment. More than anything, it bears stating that the amendment would essentially overturn the First Amendment to the United States Constitution as it applies to political speech rights.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid indicates the proposal will be brought to the Senate floor for a cloture vote on Monday, September 8.

Below are links to analyses, articles, and blog posts that critique the proposed amendment.

Comments by the Institute for Free Speech

Comments by Independent Voices

Text of the Proposed Amendment

The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.