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This page will explain about the Amendment Process and all the different levels within.
 


 Explaining an Amendment: Protect basic liberties and rights that you may take for granted- including freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and freedom of religion.
 Explaining the Process: Amending the constitution-
9,000 amendments have been proposed since 1788, but only 27  have been apart of the constitution. Amendments may be proposed in two ways: by the vote of two thirds of the states legislatures, and 2/3 vote of both houses.
 Interpreting the Constitution: "Elastic Clause" directs congress to "Make all laws which shall be necessary and proper."
"Commerce Clause" gives congress the power to "Regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among several states."
 Powers of the Presidency:
Constitution describes the role and the powers of the president in general terms, allows the executive its powers.
 The Courts: The judicial branch has also grown as powers implied in the constitution have been put into practice. The court defined its right to determine whether a law violates the constitution. Judicial review has become a major power of the judicial branch.
 Is the amendment process an easy process? The amendment process is a difficult process, because like an onion, there are many different layers of steps to changing (and adding) to the constitution.

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Amendment Process

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This is a picture o f a hammer and a rock representing hard work because thats what the amendment process is.

Picture of an onion- all the different layers of the amendment process.

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