Congressional Reform

"The Senators and Representatives ... shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution". - US Constitution, Article 6, Clause 3

With the advent of the 17th amendment, a vital check on Congress was removed. The Seventeenth Amendment (providing for direct, popular election of U.S. Senators) took away from state governments their Constitutional role of indirect participation in the federal legislative process.

The U.S. Constitution, as originally framed in Article I, Section 3, provided for U.S. Senators to be elected by state legislators. This provided the states direct representation in the legislative branch so as to deter the usurpation of powers that are Constitutionally reserved to the states or to the people. (10th Amendment)

If we are to see a return to the states those powers, programs, and sources of revenue that the federal government has unconstitutionally taken away, then it is also vital that we repeal the Seventeenth Amendment and return to state legislatures the function of electing the U.S. Senate. In so doing, this would return the U.S. Senate to being a body that represents the legislatures of the several states on the federal level and, thus, a tremendously vital part of the designed checks and balances of power that our Constitution originally provided.  Therefore the Constitution Party of Ohio calls upon its State Legislators to actively seek to repeal the Seventeenth Amendment at the earliest possible time.  In addition, the Constitution Party of Ohio will work to educate Ohio legislators such that they understand the destruction and abolition of states’ rights caused by passage of the Seventeenth Amendment.  

We also call upon the various chambers, branches, and functions of government, federal and state, to operate within the definition, confines, and constrictions of their constitutional authority and delegations.  To provide the safeguards intended by our founding fathers and embedded in the Constitution, no branch of Government should appropriate the duties, authority, or functions of another.  

In addition, we support legislation at all levels of government, including and especially at the State and Federal levels, to prohibit the attachment of unrelated riders to bills. Any amendments must fit within the scope and object of the original bill.