Advocates of repeal reason that under the sway of state legislators, senators would rein in federal government overreach and stanch its growth.
Indeed, over the past two years, both Republican and Democratic state governments have pushed back against modest efforts by the Trump administration to rein in federal outlays to the states
While repealing the 17th Amendment may not result in less federal spending, money would likely flow down to the states with fewer strings attached.
Over the course of the 20th century, the states have become more reliant on federal funds and more enmeshed in national-level ideological fights.
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