Last updated on: 3/6/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Senate Joint Resolution 39 Overview

I. Summary
II. Co-Sponsors
III. Related Links

 

I. Summary

Sen. Mary Landrieu, Democrat from Louisiana, introduced Senate Joint Resolution 39 on June 26, 2002. This joint resolution proposed an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to the reference to God in the Pledge of Allegiance and on United States currency. It was then submitted to the Committee on the Judiciary. On July 15, 2002 it was referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution.

Senate Joint Resolution 39 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 within 7 years after the date of its submission by the Congress:

Article–

SECTION 1. A reference to God in the Pledge of Allegiance or on United States currency shall not be construed as affecting the establishment of religion under the first article of amendment of this Constitution.

SECTION 2. Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

See the full text of Senate Joint Resolution 39 (PDF)

 

II. Co-Sponsors

Senator’s Name State Party Date of Co-Sponsorship
George Allen VA Republican June 26, 2003

 

III. Related Links

1. Read the full text of Senate Joint Resolution 39 (PDF) 

3. See similar legislation introduced by Sen. Mary Landrieu (Senate Joint Resolution 7) during the 108th session and (Senate Joint Resolution 24) during the 109th session.

3. Research Congressional Actions on the Pledge of Allegiance.

4. Explanation of the First Amendment as it related to the Pledge of Allegiance.

5. Pledge of Allegiance History 1887-Today