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Third Constitution of the United States--Revised April 2016

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The Congress will first assemble the third Monday in January of every year. Members of Congress do not have to be present at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. to vote on bills, unless the Speaker of the Congress deems it necessary. All such debates will be televised for public viewing, so that citizens can be equally informed as lawmakers on all the issues. All bills must be written by elected members of Congress, not lobbyists. All bills must deal with one issue only. Every lawmaker must read every bill in its entirety.

The best arguments for and against a bill must be expressed in writing from opposing political parties, and they must be made available to the public at least two weeks before there is a vote on a bill. Citizens of a district may electronically register their vote on a particular bill, and Federal Representatives should wisely consider input from their constituents. The results of all citizens input on every bill must be made public.

Representatives who do not abide by the will of their constituents may be replaced during their term of office if 60% of the constituents have voted that the representative should be removed. In that case, the residents of the pertaining federal district can vote for a replacement.

Section 9

The salaries of Federal Legislators will be three times the federal minimum wage, based on a 40-hour work week. Legislators cannot accept from corporate lobbyists any money, gifts, or fringe benefits at any time before, during, or after their tenure in office.

Section 10

Once Congress passes a bill, the President cannot veto it, if he or she disapproves of it.

Section 11

Congress must balance every budget and not engage in deficit spending, unless there is a national emergency deemed by the president.

Section 12

In all elections of Federal Legislators, the 7 largest national political parties (based on registered memberships) will have the same requirements, privileges, media access, and public financing as Republicans and Democrats had under the former government.

For example, if Indiana has 10 federal legislative districts, based on the latest national census, let us pretend for pedagogical purposes that the 7 largest national political parties are the following: 4 Republicans, 3 Democrats, 1 Libertarian, 1 Constitutional Party legislator, and 1 Green Party legislator (Socialists and Communists may not get much representation in Indiana). Those 10 federal legislators must live in Indiana and be chosen by their respective state political parties.

Section 13

Federal legislators may be elected for more than one term to provide continuity and experience in government.

Section 14

Paid political campaign advertising (which usually consists of mere sound bites) on television and radio stations will not be allowed.

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