Twenty-seventh Amendment Law and Legal Definition

Twenty-seventh Amendment is the constitutional amendment that prevents a pay raise for senators and representatives from taking effect until a new Congress convenes. This amendment was proposed as part of the original Bill of Rights in 1789, but it took 203 years for the required three-fourths of the states to ratify it. It was ratified in 1992. Twenty-seventh Amendment states that no law, varying the compensation for the services of Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.