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The Lost Amendments Congress originally proposed twelve amendments as the Bill of Rights, but the states only ratified ten. One of the two that failed—an amendment that specified how many people each member of the House represented—never passed. But the other—which stated that pay raises voted to Congress only take effect after the next election—was finally passed as the Twenty-seventh Amendment in 1992. The Amendment Process in the Real World There are four possible routes to creating a new amendment: two options for proposing, plus two options for ratifying. But in practice, all but one of the twenty-seven amendments have been proposed by Congress and ratified by the state legislatures. The one exception was the Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed Prohibition. It was proposed by Congress and ratified by conventions held in three-fourths of the states. No successful amendment has ever been proposed by special conventions in two-thirds of the states.
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