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January 14, 2013

House members to read Constitution aloud on floor Tuesday

The Constitution will be read aloud from the House of Representatives floor Tuesday.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., will kick off the reading at 10 a.m., and any House member can then participate. 

"Members will read the Constitution and amendments on a first come, first served basis," says a note from House Republican leaders.

Here's Goodlatte explaining the reading: "One of the resounding themes I have heard from my constituents is that Congress should adhere to the Constitution and the finite list of powers it grants to the federal government. Our constitutional principles remain timeless and it is fitting that we start the 113th Congress by reading the Constitution aloud on the floor of the House of Representatives. The Constitution is the written consent the American people gave to their government to protect individual liberty and maintain limited government. This reading of the Constitution demonstrates that House Republicans are committed to our Constitution and the enduring principles for which it stands.”

This will be the second time the Constitution has been read aloud in the House. The first was at the beginning of the last Congress two years ago after Republicans regained the majority.


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Dan Larkin

waste of time.. if they dont know the Constitution it should be assigned as homework.. Now get back to doing some real work dummies

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