Reading of the Constitutionby Representative Gerald E. Connolly
Posted on 2013-01-15
CONNOLLY. ``But when the right to vote at any election for the
choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United
States, Representatives in Congress, the executive and judicial
officers of a State, or the members of the legislature thereof, is
denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one
years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way
abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the
basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion
which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number
of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.''
``No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or
elector of President or Vice President, or hold any office, civil or
military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having
previously taken an oath, as a Member of Congress or as an officer of
the United States . . . ''
Mr. GOODLATTE. I yield to the gentleman from Florida (Mr. Ross).
Mr. ROSS. `` . . . or as a Member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.'' Section 4: ``The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.'' Mr. GOODLATTE. I yield to the gentleman from California (Mr. Denham).