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The Flag Burning Amendment

This is the actual text of House Joint Resolution 33 -- A proposed Amendment to the United States Constitution allowing Congress to prohibit burning or otherwise desecrating the U.S. flag.

The proposed amendment was approved by the House of Representatives on June 24, 1999 in this 305-124 Roll Call Vote.

The amendment will be considered by the Senate later this summer. A 2/3 majority vote is required in both the House and Senate. The same amendment was approved by the House in both 1995 and 1997, but failed in the Senate by 4 votes in 1995 and was never considered by the Senate in 1997. (The Constitutional Amendment Process)


JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States authorizing the Congress to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein),

SECTION 1. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.

The following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:

`Article--

`The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.'.

House Calendar No. 71

106th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. J. RES. 33

[Report No. 106-191]

JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States authorizing the Congress to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.


The Amendment Process
To become a part of the Constitution, an amendment must be approved by a 2/3 majority vote of both the U.S. House and Senate and then approved, or "ratified" by the legislatures of 3/4 (38) of the 50 States. The President of the United States cannot veto a Constitutional amendment.

Discussing the Amendment
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