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Is it easy to amend the federal Constitution?
Last Updated: 3rd March, 2020
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In this way, how easy is it to add an amendment to the Constitution?
The Constitution provides that an amendment may be proposed either by the Congress with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the State legislatures.
Also, why is amending the constitution more difficult than passing a law? By contrast, ordinary legislation requires the approval of a simple majority in each house. The founders made the amendment process difficult because they wanted to lock in the political deals that made ratification of the Constitution possible.
Also asked, is it hard to amend the Constitution?
The amendment process is very difficult and time consuming: A proposed amendment must be passed by two-thirds of both houses of Congress, then ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the states. The ERA Amendment did not pass the necessary majority of state legislatures in the 1980s.
Why is it easier to amend the constitution than it was to amend the Articles of Confederation?
The Constitution gives Congress the power to coin and borrow money, which it had not had under the Articles of Confederation. The Framers made it easier to amend the Constitution than it had been to change the Articles of Confederation.