Reading of the Constitutionby Representative Jeff Denham
Posted on 2013-01-15
DENHAM. ``But neither United States nor any State shall assume or
pay any debtor obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion
against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of
any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held
illegal and void.''
``The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate
legislation, the provisions of this article.''
``The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be
denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of
race, color, or previous condition of servitude.''
Mr. GOODLATTE. It's now my pleasure to yield to the majority whip,
the gentleman from California (Mr. McCarthy).
Mr. McCARTHY of California. Section 2: ``The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.'' Amendment XVI: ``The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.'' Amendment XVII: ``The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.
``When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies . . . '' Mr. GOODLATTE. I yield to the gentleman from Oklahoma (Mr. Lankford).