Congress Took over 200 Years to Ratify Amendment Regulating Pay
The 27th amendment to the United States Constitution was submitted to Congress for ratification on September 25th, 1789. This amendment, which added limits on how Congress could give themselves pay raises, took an unbelievable 202 years, 7 months, 12 days to finally be ratified. Even then, it seemed only to be ratified unintentionally. The average ratification time of the remaining 26 amendments is only 1 year, 8 days. This disparity makes it hard to dispute an apparent double standard when it comes to congressional self-regulation.
The amendment’s ratification was unusual and prompted the Speaker of the House Tom Foley (D-WA) to call for a legal challenge to the amendment and Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) to publicly scold the U.S. Archivist for certifying the amendment without first asking Congress.