Constitution gets congressional reading by GOP
January 6th, 2011
07:56 AM ET
12 years ago

Constitution gets congressional reading by GOP

Washington (CNN) - Republicans will have the Constitution read on the House floor Thursday morning in a nod to the conservative Tea Party freshmen that helped put them back in the majority.

The reading will start at 10:30 a.m., with members taking turns until they complete the document - a process that could take up to a couple of hours.


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  1. Okey Moronu

    Looks feels good but should it not be a given that they know what they have sworn to uphold.
    I would have been happier if it was a homework assignment rather than taking up business time.
    Make everyone read at home and sign acknowledgement. They are all men and women of integrity and I will accept this for of refresher

    January 6, 2011 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  2. Terry - Indiana

    Good, they should read the Constitution every day until the House and Senate realize that the Founders wanted a government "of the people, by the people, and for the people".

    January 6, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  3. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Isn't the Ticker going to carry the story about the Washington Post reporter who said he could not understand the Constitution (product of NEA dominated education system) or the NYT which has blasted the reading fearful that folks might find out that Obama and the democrat liberals have totally ignored it all these years. I know it is difficult for the Ticker to put on anything which shows democrat liberals for the corrupt, ignorant anarchists they are. but these things need to be pointed out.

    January 6, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    Okay, now you have to follow it!!!!! We shall see where that takes us in the future – especially in regards to Immigration and Health Care!

    January 6, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    This will be good for republicans to hear. They have always used the Articles of Confederation, not the Constitution, as the basis for the role of government. I think the right wingnuts and baggers are in for a shock when they find out the expanded role of federal government and the smaller role of states. Maybe they should send copies to the secessionists in Texas, South Carolina and Alaska.

    January 6, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  6. FM

    "Republicans will have the Constitution read on the House floor Thursday morning in a nod to the conservative Tea Party freshmen that helped put them back in the majority."
    To me this sounds a bit strange and wastage of time of doing more pressing issues. How come these newly elected Tea baggers did not read the constitution before got elected. Was it not important to them that time or was it not available to them? What kind of "CHANGE" is this one!! Can anyone help me to understand all this episode!

    January 6, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  7. Sniffit

    ...ata cost of approximately $1M.


    January 6, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  8. Doug

    I would have thought that they would have already read it as part of their job requirement. Wish they would actually do some real work for a change.

    January 6, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  9. Neal Kelley

    After the GOP reads it.. lets get a 5th grader to explain it to the GOP

    January 6, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  10. Marcus

    Symbolistically that is something really interesting...
    BUT, considering that most of those who demanded that to happen have a (shall we say) 'peculiar' interpretation of the Constitution (they like some of the Ammendments and reject others), most of symbolism is gone because of that.

    January 6, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  11. vic nashville tn

    Will they follow what they read ? no so another drama day in DC

    January 6, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  12. Orlando Patriot

    It is just AMAZING that the Democrats yell and scream that they are FOR America AND the people when they show such disregard for the Constitution that clearly defines the role of government and that the United States is a representation OF the people. Why does it scare you so much to actually HEAR what the Constitution says? I would suggest you should READ the Constitution but you don't bother reading the bills you push forward so how in the world shoud a Republican expect you to read the Constitution? FINALLY we have at least a branch of the government that GIVES A DAMN what "We The People" say. Listen VERY CLOSE to the words of the Constitution and if you continue to go against what our founding document says then you will be kicked out to the curb in YOUR next election to................

    January 6, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. Terry

    Anyone who opposes this, or speaks out against the reading of the CONSTITUTION in our government is OBVIOUSLY against it, and against America in every way.

    January 6, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. Bill, NY

    The same GOP that wants to turn the US into one big company store. Constitution my eye! Let the repealers(or would be) of National Healthcare repeal their own benifits and scale back their own pensions and take a pay cut. It will never happen as they are BOLDFACED liars!

    January 6, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. Dave

    Considering that no one in the GOP has ever read the Constitution, I think this will be a great benefit to them. I just wonder who will help them with the big words.

    January 6, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  16. Procrastination at its finest

    JOBS! not procrastination.

    The GOP just pulled the wool over the tea party's eyes bigtime.

    January 6, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. jules sand-perkins

    This is an absurd show.
    Nobody thinks that members of Congress who oppose Republicans are unfamiliar with the Constitution of our nation.
    Those who oppose Republicans simply oppose Republicans:
    I'm a Republican, and even I know that.

    January 6, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. BJ

    The Dumbocrats might listen but the Republicans should fiirst explain to them what our constitution is. I'm sure they've never heard of it. It would be nice if out MOTUS ('M' is for Moron) was present, it might be an eye opening experience for him.

    January 6, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    How awful that the reading isn't being done IN-COSTUME as a honorable tribute befitting the status our Founding Fathers. I understand that not all men can (or should) wear knee britches and tights, but surely tri-corner hats aren't nearly as restrictive?

    January 6, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. Lyle

    Anybody can read it. The problem is that the GOP acts like they own it, or at least that only they know what it says. I would love to have Mr. Speaker and the new lackeys of corporate America take a test on the contents of the Consitution. Now that would be entertaining.

    January 6, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. Tony

    The is no "tax cuts without paying attention to the deficit" clause in the Constitution. There are, however, the Commerce Clause (Article I, section 8, clause 3), the Necessary and Proper Clause (Article I, section 8, clause 18), the General Welfare Clause (Article I, section 8, clause 1) , the Fourteenth Amendment granting citizenship to all persons born within the boundary of the United States. Of course, it would probably be too much to expect the Tea Partiers to know what these clauses mean.

    January 6, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |