Proposed Amendment

REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY FOR THE MODERN ERA



PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION


  1. Each party contesting seats in the Senate shall nominate a candidate for President of the United States. The Presidential nominee from the party receiving the majority of votes in the Senate (the "ruling party") shall become President. The President shall appoint Senators to serve as directors of executive departments and agencies managing international affairs and national security. These directors shall originate bills related to their agencies and submit them for Senate approval. The President shall have one vote in the Senate.

  2. Each party contesting seats in the House shall nominate a candidate for Vice President of the United States. The Vice-Presidential nominee from the party receiving the majority of votes in the House (the "ruling party") shall become Vice President. The Vice President shall appoint Representatives to serve as directors of executive departments and agencies managing domestic affairs, internal revenue, and expenditures. These directors shall originate bills related to their agencies and submit them for House approval. The Vice President shall have one vote in the House of Representatives.

  3. All Senators, Representatives, and appointed officers, including those of President and Vice President, shall serve at the will of their party, without limitation on number of terms, and all successors to vacant offices shall be determined by the appropriate party.

  4. The President of the United States shall present to a joint session of Congress each year a long-term vision for the nation and its role in world affairs. Each chamber shall then generate and implement policy in consideration of this vision. The annual Federal budget bill, formed by joint effort between the chambers, shall require approval from the Senate and the House, with the President of the United States mediating all related disputes. Members of each chamber have the right, and on demand the duty, to take part in the debates of the other chamber. The ruling party in the Senate and in the House, and specifically the heads of executive departments and agencies, shall be subjected to question periods by legislative representatives regarding the performance of their duties, such question periods to be conducted during joint monthly sessions of Congress.

  5. The people of the United States shall select the Senate every sixth year from candidates nominated by each party. The two candidates receiving the largest number of votes from each State shall take seats in the Senate.

  6. The people of the United States shall select the House of Representatives on the same day as the Senate, and then once again between two and four years after. The year and month of this mid- term election year shall be determined by the ruling party in the House and shall be announced publicly at least two months prior to polling. The candidate receiving the largest number of votes from each Congressional district shall take a seat in the House.

  7. If the ruling party (the party holding the highest number of seats) in either chamber should receive less than a simple majority of the seats, it may form a coalition with another party, or other parties, to achieve a majority of seats.

  8. The Electoral College shall hereby be abolished.

  9. All other powers and conditions not expressly altered by this amendment shall remain in effect.

© 2002 by Michael J. Farrand

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