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Will Tester's Proposed Amendment Be the 28th?

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If Senator Jon Tester's proposed amendment is approved by Congress, and then ratified, it will be just the 28th Amendment of the United States Constitution.

The U.S. Constitution is rarely amended. It has seen just 17 changes in the last 200 years.

In December 1791, the United States Constitution was signed. At the same time, the first 10 Amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, were ratified. These include the freedom of speech, religion and press, as well the right to bear arms, and the right to a fair and speedy trial.  

Since then, some key amendments have played a major role in changing U.S. history, like the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, and the 15th Amendment, ratified in 1870, saying citizens cannot be denied the right to vote because of race, color or of having been a slave.

In 1920, the right to vote would be extended to women, thanks to the 19th Amendment.
In 1971, the 26th amendment was proposed, lowering the voting age to 18. It was adopted in response to student activism against the Vietnam War.

It took two amendments for lawmakers to decide what to do with alcohol. The eighteenth amendment banned the sale, production, and transportation of alcohol. That amendment was later repealed by the 21-st amendment.

The most recent amendment states any change in congressional salaries may take effect only after the beginning of the next term of office for representatives. It was submitted to the states for ratification in 1789. It wasn't adopted until 1992.

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