Bipartisan Panel Urges Care on Amendments
Scully, Sean, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
Congress should loosen the grip of "amendmentitis" and think more carefully before voting on efforts to change the Constitution, members of a bipartisan think tank argued yesterday.
"We need to be very cautious, very careful, show great restraint when we start tinkering with the founding document," said former Rep. Mickey Edwards, Oklahoma Republican and a contributor to the Constitution Project.
The project, funded by the Washington-based Century Foundation, yesterday published a series of eight "guidelines" for constitutional amendments.
The group recommended, for example, that "constitutional amendments should address matters of more than immediate concern that are likely to be recognized as of abiding importance by subsequent generations."
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Publication information: Article title: Bipartisan Panel Urges Care on Amendments. Contributors: Scully, Sean - Author. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: May 14, 1999. Page number: 12. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 1999 Gale Group.
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