The 27th Amendment

On May 7, 1992, the 27th Amendment to our Constitution was ratified.  The Amendment reads–


Visit the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to learn more about the U.S. Constitution.

“No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened”.

Simply put, if Congressional members vote to increase (or decrease) their pay, no change will take effect until the next election.  This restriction was intended to prevent Congress from granting itself a pay increase without the electorate’s approval.  Learn more at

About Tina Nelson
Tina Nelson

Tina Nelson is an attorney and mom. She created the LAWSUIT™ board game to teach her three children about the law. The game was an instant success. Copyrights and a patent were obtained, and Professional Games, Inc. was born. Professional Games, Inc. created this blog to educate and keep its friends and customers regularly updated about our American legal system.
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