Hearings Begin On Proposed Constitutional Amendment

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic-led Senate panel is beginning a long-shot bid to change the Constitution so deep-pocketed political campaign donors find their influence limited.

The Judiciary Committee was set to hear Tuesday from the Senate’s top Democrat, Harry Reid of Nevada, about efforts for a constitutional amendment that would prohibit super PACs. The top Republican in the chamber, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, was also scheduled to speak.

Changing the Constitution is an intentionally difficult process, and the panel’s efforts are likely to be little more than election year-posturing.

To change the Constitution, two-thirds of the Senate and the House would have to back the measure. Republicans, who generally oppose such a change, have 45 seats in the 100-member Senate and control the House.


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