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THE CONSTITUTION of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA VerDate 18-APR-2000 11:58 Apr 21, 2000 Jkt 060673 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 5229 Sfmt 5229 E:\HR\OC\HD214.XXX pfrm10 PsN: HD214
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106TH CONGRESS DOCUMENT "! HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 2d Session No. 106–214 THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA As Amended Unratified Amendments Analytical Index U NUM EPLURIB S PRESENTED BY MR. HYDE January 31, 2000 Ordered to be printed UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE WASHINGTON: 2000 VerDate 18-APR-2000 11:58 Apr 21, 2000 Jkt 060673 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 5229 Sfmt 5229 E:\HR\OC\HD214.XXX pfrm10 PsN: HD214
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(II) House Doc. 106–214 The printing of the revised version of The Constitution of the United States of America As Amended (Document Size) is hereby ordered pursuant to H. Con. Res. 221 as passed on January 31, 2000, 106th Congess, 2nd Session. This document was compiled at the direction of Chairman Bill Thomas of the Joint Committee on Printing, and printed by the U.S. Government Printing Office. VerDate 18-APR-2000 11:58 Apr 21, 2000 Jkt 060673 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 7633 Sfmt 7633 E:\HR\OC\HD214.XXX pfrm10 PsN: HD214
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(III) CONTENTS Foreword by Hon. Henry Hyde . .............................................................................. v Historical Note . ........................................................................................................ vii Text of the Constitution . ......................................................................................... 1 Amendments . ........................................................................................................... 13 Proposed Amendments not ratified . ....................................................................... 29 Index to the Constitution and amendments . ......................................................... 33 VerDate 18-APR-2000 11:58 Apr 21, 2000 Jkt 060673 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 5904 Sfmt 5904 E:\HR\OC\HD214.XXX pfrm10 PsN: HD214
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(V) FOREWORD By Hon. Henry Hyde, Chairman, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives It is a great honor to present to the American people this new annotated edition of our Constitution—the founding document of our Republic. It is not too much to say that this document (together with the Declaration of Independence) is the product of the greatest assem- blage of political geniuses in modern history. It establishes and de- fines the three branches of our Government, the Legislative, the Executive and the Judiciary, and, as a government of enumerated powers, reserves those powers not granted to the Federal govern- ment to the people themselves. On November 19, 1863, President Lincoln at Gettysburg best de- scribed the kind of government our Founders and Framers have given us—‘‘a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.’’ The liberty we all enjoy in the United States is our legacy from them. Part of the Constitution’s brilliance is its brevity and flexibility. Our forefathers understood that it would be necessary, due to changing times and circumstances, for the people, through their elected federal and state representatives to amend this funda- mental document from time to time. Due to this foresight, the Con- stitution now contains twenty seven amendments which have been ratified by the states, and have become a part of the basic law of the land. In addition, this publication provides information on pro- posed amendments approved by a two-thirds vote of each house of Congress but not ratified by three-fourths of the states.
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