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Facts about the Bill of Rights



Gregory Watson, a sophomore at UT Austin, wrote a paper about an amendment of James Madison’s that had been axed originally, which stated that Congress can’t give itself a raise until after the next election, so constituents can decide whether or not the raise is deserved.

The amendment was written by James Madison in 1789, but didn’t get passed at the time. Watson’s paper argued why it should pass, and while he got a C on it, he became so passionate about the topic that he went on to lobby lawmakers, ultimately convincing the 38 state legislatures needed to approve the amendment.

As such, the 27th amendment was passed in 1992.

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