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

Senate Joint Resolution 7 Overview

I. Summary

II. Co-Sponsors

III. Related Links

 

I. Summary

Sen. Mary Landrieu, Democrat from Louisiana, introduced Senate Joint Resolution 7 on Mar. 3, 2003. 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.

Senate Joint Resolution 7 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 7 (PDF)

 

II. Co-Sponsors

Senator’s Name State Party Date of Co-Sponsorship
C. Saxby Chambliss GA Republican June 2, 2003
Lisa Murkowski AK Republican Mar. 4, 2003
Ted Stevens AK Republican Mar. 10, 2003

 

III. Related Links

1. Read the full text of Senate Joint Resolution 7 (PDF)

2. See similar legislation introduced by Sen. Mary Landrieu (Senate Joint Resolution 24) in the 109th Congress and (Senate Joint Resolution 39) in the 107th Congress.

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