Senate’s Right To Amend Treaties Is Upheld

1869

In Haver v. Yaker, the Supreme Court declares that because treaties are the law of the land, the Senate has the right to amend a treaty like any other law, rather than simply adopting or rejecting it as a whole. Amendments that change the wording of a treaty require only a simple majority vote. The Senate can also pass reservations that indicate a change in interpretation of the treaty. Such adjustments help senators build the coalitions needed to gain a two-thirds vote for ratification.