Nebraska may join the chorus of states asserting their sovereignty by passing bills reminding the Federal Government of the 10th Amendment, but they and all the rest would do better to begin a nationwide initiative to repeal the 17th Amendment.

Senators were originally chosen by state legislatures instead of by direct election by the populations of the various states, and the point of this process was to give the states a voice in the federal Congress. Senators were expected to protect the individual sovereignty of the various states against the vagaries of the more-democratic House of Representatives. Unfortunately the states disarmed themselves when they ratified the 17th Amendment, and things have been downhill ever since.

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