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External theorists see the Seventeenth Amendment as a footnote to history, a small part of the larger democratizing influence of the Progressive movement.
A compromise on the issue of term limits would have the advantage of restoring not only something of the original distinction between the House and Senate, lost since the Seventeenth Amendment, but also the spirit of true compromise embodied in our Constitution.
The legislative history of the Seventeenth Amendment reflects the effort to liberate Senate elections from the curse of big money.
It would be myopic to think that this could be nullified as easily as the Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution.
Hoebeke, The Road to Mass Democracy: Original Intent and the Seventeenth Amendment (Transaction Publishers, 1995).
55) Growing majoritarian pressures and charges of corruption and deadlock culminated in the adoption of the Seventeenth Amendment (56) in 1913, (57) which ended forever Dickinson's vision of an American House of Lords.
20) In 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment was ratified; it provided that the voters would elect the Senators directly.
The amendment replaces the hitherto defunct Constitutional Council introduced under the Seventeenth Amendment (which was not fully implemented for the last four years) with a consultation process referred to as the "Parliament Council", which however is not stated in the Bill.
ISLAMABAD, December 22, 2009 (Balochistan Times ): Minister for Labour and Manpower Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah assured repealing of Seventeenth amendment and implementation of Charter of Democracy (CoD) signed between Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif.
After eighteen months of PPP government, all substantive articles of COD remain unfulfilled which include repeal of seventeenth amendment and appointment of judges and other constitutional offices procedure.
22) There have been several occasions where the number of state applications for a convention was close to reaching the required two-thirds; at least once during the course of events leading to the adoption of the Seventeenth Amendment, the threat of a constitutional convention may have spurred Congress to act preemptively to propose the desired amendment itself.
The Seventeenth Amendment repaired a small part of the problem, but the more egregious malapportionment remains.