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FIVE ATTEMPTS TO RE-DEFINE NBC SINCE 2001

109th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. J. RES. 15

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to make eligible for the
Office of President a person who is not a natural born citizen of the United States but has
been a United States citizen for at least 20 years.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 1, 2005

Mr. ROHRABACHER introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to
the Committee on the Judiciary

JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to make eligible for the
Office of President a person who is not a natural born citizen of the United States but has
been a United States citizen for at least 20 years.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States


of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring
therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the
constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and
purposes as part of the constitution when ratified by the legislatures of
three-fourths of the several states within seven years after the date of its
submission for ratification:

`Article --

`A person who is a citizen of the United States, who has been a citizen of
the United States for at least 20 years, and who is otherwise eligible to
hold the Office of the President, is not ineligible to hold that Office by
reason of not being a native born citizen of the United States.'.

108th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 2128
To define the term `natural born Citizen' as used in the Constitution of the United States
to establish eligibility for the Office of President.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 25, 2004

Mr. NICKLES (for himself, Ms. LANDRIEU, and Mr. INHOFE) introduced the
following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To define the term `natural born Citizen' as used in the Constitution of the United States
to establish eligibility for the Office of President.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United


States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Natural Born Citizen Act'.

SEC. 2. DEFINITION OF `NATURAL BORN CITIZEN' .

(a) IN GENERAL- Congress finds and declares that the term `natural born
Citizen' in Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution of the United
States means--
(1) any person born in the United States and subject to the
jurisdiction thereof; and
(2) any person born outside the United States--
(A) who derives citizenship at birth from a United States
citizen parent or parents pursuant to an Act of Congress; or
(B) who is adopted by 18 years of age by a United States
citizen parent or parents who are otherwise eligible to
transmit citizenship to a biological child pursuant to an Act
of Congress.
(b) UNITED STATES- In this section, the term `United States', when used
in a geographic sense, means the several States of the United States and
the District of Columbia.

108th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. J. RES. 104
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to make eligible for the
Office of President a person who is not a natural born citizen of the United States but has
been a United States citizen for at least 20 years.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 15, 2004

Mr. ROHRABACHER introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to
the Committee on the Judiciary

JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to make eligible for the
Office of President a person who is not a natural born citizen of the United States but has
been a United States citizen for at least 20 years.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States


of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring
therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the
Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and
purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of
three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its
submission for ratification:

`Article --

`A person who is a citizen of the United States, who has been a citizen of
the United States for at least 20 years, and who is otherwise eligible to
hold the Office of the President, is not ineligible to hold that Office by
reason of not being a native born citizen of the United States.'.

107th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. J. RES. 47

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to make eligible for the
Office of President a person who has been a United States citizen for twenty years.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 2, 2001
Mr. FRANK (for himself and Mr. HOEKSTRA) introduced the following joint
resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to make eligible for the
Office of President a person who has been a United States citizen for twenty years.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States


of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring
therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the
Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and
purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of
three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its
submission for ratification:

`Article--

`A person who is a citizen of the United States, who has been for twenty
years a citizen of the United States, and who is otherwise eligible to the
Office of President, is not ineligible to that Office by reason of not being a
natural born citizen of the United States.'.

And we have this little gem from 2008, preceding Leahy's Senate Resolution
for Senator McCain:

110th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 2678

To clarify the law and ensure that children born to United States citizens while serving
overseas in the military are eligible to become President.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 28, 2008

Mrs. MCCASKILL introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to
the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To clarify the law and ensure that children born to United States citizens while serving
overseas in the military are eligible to become President.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Children of Military Families Natural Born
Citizen Act'.

SEC. 2. DEFINITION OF `NATURAL BORN CITIZEN' .

Congress finds and declares that the term `natural born Citizen' in article
II, section 1, clause 5 of the Constitution of the United States shall
include: `Any person born to any citizen of the United States while serving
in the active or reserve components of the United States Armed Forces'.

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