Rep. Meng: Amend Constitution to Lower Voting Age to 16
The last constitutional amendment was passed in 1992

Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., announced Wednesday that she’s interested in lowering the voting age to 16. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New York Democratic Rep. Grace Meng introduced an amendment to the Constitution to lower the nationwide voting age to 16 years old.

The 26th Amendment — passed in 1971 — guarantees the right to vote to eligible citizens who are 18 years old or older, which shifted the voting age down from 21. Meng’s legislation would rewrite the amendment to include 16- and 17-year-olds in federal, state and local elections.

House to Vote on CBO Staff Cuts
Appropriations amendment would eliminate budget analysis division

Virginia Rep. Morgan Griffith, who led the effort to reintroduce the Holman rule, took the first crack at using it by offering an amendment to cut Congressional Budget Office staff. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House this week will vote on whether to eliminate the positions of 89 Congressional Budget Office employees in what will be its first vote under the so-called Holman rule that Republicans in the chamber reinstated on a trial basis earlier this year.

The Holman rule allows members to offer amendments to appropriations bills designed to reduce the scope and size of government.

House Adopts Measure to Preclude Women From Draft Registration
Amendment would prohibit changes to Selective Service registration requirements

U.S. Army female soldiers in Iraq during the Iraq War. (Photo credit should read PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The House on Thursday adopted an amendment that would effectively prevent women from having to register for the draft.  

[ Women and the Draft: They're Divided Over Registration ] The amendment to a general government spending bill, offered by Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, was approved 217-203. It would prohibit federal funds from being used to change the Selective Service registration requirements.  

House GOP Mulls Changing Amendment Process for Spending Bills
Maneuver could head off surprises, give leadership time to lobby members

New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney's amendment to protect LGBT workers from discrimination took some Republican leaders by surprise. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans may soon require members who wish to amend spending bills to file their proposals in the Congressional Record before a floor vote — a maneuver designed to prevent surprises like the amendment on LGBT discrimination that led to chaos on the floor last week.  

Speaker Paul D. Ryan presented the idea of a pre-printing requirement during a House Republican Conference meeting Tuesday. It comes after members said they were confused about exactly what they were voting for Thursday when New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney offered an amendment designed to prevent discrimination against LGBT workers.  

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of Rob Bishop (Video)

With Congress out, HOH pays tribute this week to the always unflappable Rob Bishop, R-Utah, the only member yet to tweet a single character , who shows off his favorite graphs, touts his Big Mac-eating skills and can't wait for the next Cubs game to air.