The Constitution is Back!

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After handing out pocket Constitutions at rallies, after studying the document article by article and demanding that Washington return to its founding principles, tea party activists have something new to applaud: A pillar of their grass-roots movement will become a staple in the bureaucracy that governs Congress.

Republicans will do something that apparently has never been done before in the U.S. House's 221-year history:  They will read the Constitution aloud.  And then, they will require that every new bill contain a statement by the legislator who wrote it, citing the constitutional authority to enact the proposed law.  

These are two standout changes on a long list of new rules that House Republicans will institute when they assume the majority on Wednesday.
The Constitution reading will occur Jan. 6, one day after the swearing in of Speaker-designate John Boehner, R-Ohio. The 4,543-word document, including all 27 amendments, could be read aloud in just 30 minutes. But the exercise probably will last longer.
The House Historian's Office found no record of the Constitution ever having been read aloud on the House floor.
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1 comment:

RetroCollage said...

Sounds like it might be the first time some of the Congresscritters will have ever heard or read it!