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Huckabee Tweets: ‘Time to Repeal 17th Amendment’

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | July 31, 2017 | 10:10 AM EDT

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (Flickr Photo/Gage Skidmore)

It’s “[t]ime to repeal 17th Amendment,” former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said in a tweet following the GOP’s failure to repeal Obamacare on Friday.

“Time to repeal 17th Amendment,” said former Governor Mike Huckabee in a tweet. “Founders had it right-Senators chosen by state legislatures. Will work for their states and respect 10th amid [sic].”

The 10th Amendment – part of the Bill of Rights – states that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Stating that there is an “ignorance” regarding the history of the 17th Amendment, the former governor of Arkansas did not stop there, however.

“Ignorance of history of 17th Amendment is revealed by response to my earlier Tweet,” tweeted former Gov. Huckabee. “Direct election of Senate is major cause of #swamp.”

Prior to the inclusion of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution senators were not directly elected by the citizenry of their respective states as they are today. Instead, for the first 125 years, senators were elected by their state legislatures. Direct election was proposed in 1826, but “did not gain considerable support until the late 19th century.” The 17th Amendment was ratified by three-quarters of the states on April 8, 1913.

The 17th Amendment reads as follows:

“The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.

“When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.

“This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution.”


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