Sen. Rand Paul last week introduced S.J. Res. 25, a Constitutional Amendment that would hold government officials to the same standard as the American people. The amendment states “Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to Congress.” The amendment also contains two provisions that apply that same principle to the Executive Branch and Judicial Branch of the federal government. The amendment text can be found below:

 

S.J.RES.25

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to applying laws equally to the citizens of the United States and the Federal Government. (Introduced in Senate - IS)

SJ 25 IS

113th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. J. RES. 25

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to applying laws equally to the citizens of the United States and the Federal Government.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

October 11, 2013

Mr. Paul introduced the following joint resolution; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

 

JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to applying laws equally to the citizens of the United States and the Federal Government.

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

`Article--

`Section 1. Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to Congress.

`Section 2. Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to the executive branch of government, including the president, vice president, ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and all other officers of the United States, including those provided for under this Constitution and by law, and inferior officers to the president established by law.

`Section 3. Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to judges of the Supreme Court of the United States, including the Chief Justice, and judges of such inferior courts as Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.

`Section 4. Nothing in this article shall preempt any specific provision of this Constitution.’

Publisher’s note: Everyone in this country should call, fax, e-mail or write their Senators and Congressmen and ask them how they will vote on this bill ... if it ever gets out of committee.

Sen. Mike Lee

Sen. Orrin Hatch

Congressman Chris Stewart

Congressman Jim Matheson

Congressman Jason Chaffetz

Congressman Rob Bishop