Senators Cramer, Daines introduce constitutional amendment allowing Congress to ban flag desecration

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BISMARCK, N.D. - On Flag Day, senators Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and Steve Daines, D-Mont., introduced a constitutional amendment that would allow Congress to prohibit the desecration of the American flag.

In a press release Friday, Cramer said “A flag worth dying for is a flag worth protecting. While we should always be mindful of First Amendment rights, the American flag signifies the founding principles that countless men and women have given their lives to preserve. Adding a constitutional amendment to protect this symbol of freedom and liberty is not an attack on another constitutional amendment; rather, it is an affirmation of the unifying principles our nation stands for.”

Daines said: "Our United States flag is a timeless symbol of liberty that tells the story of America, the story of our enduring pursuit of freedom,” said Senator Daines. “Remembering the sacrifices of all who carried its colors into battle, our nation should always render the flag the honor and dignity it is due.”

In order for the constitution to be changed, each chamber of Congress would have to vote to call a constitutional convention and pass the measure with a two-thirds majority. After that step, three-fourths of the state legislatures would have to vote to approve the amendment.

The last time the constitution was changed was in 1992 with the 27th Amendment, dealing with congressional compensation.