Reading of the Constitutionby Representative Bob Goodlatte
Posted on 2013-01-15
GOODLATTE. Mr. Speaker, this morning, for only the second time in
the history of the House of Representatives, we will read aloud the
full text of the Constitution of the United States.
We hope this reading will inspire many more Americans to read the Constitution. We also hope that this reading will help demonstrate to the American people that the House of Representatives is dedicated to the Constitution and the system it establishes for limited government and the protection of individual liberty.
The text we are reading today reflects the changes to the document made by the 27 amendments to it. Those portions superseded by amendment will not be read.
In order to ensure fairness to all those interested in participating, we have asked Members to line up to be recognized on a first-come, first-served basis. I will recognize Members based on this guidance. Each Member will approach the podium and read the passage laid out for him or her.
In order to ensure relative parity and fairness, I may recognize Members out of order to ensure bipartisanship and balance. Additionally, because of his long-term leadership on civil rights issues, I will recognize Congressman John Lewis of Georgia out of order to read the Thirteenth Amendment.
I thank the Members of both parties in advance for their participation in this historic event, and I will begin this historic reading by reading the preamble to the Constitution: ``We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.'' It is now my pleasure to yield to the gentleman from Illinois (Mr. Enyart).
Mr. ENYART. Article I, section 1: ``All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.'' [[Page H90]] Mr. GOODLATTE. I now yield to the gentleman from Michigan (Mr. Walberg).