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Lawmakers recite Constitution on House floor



Published: Thu, January 6, 2011 @ 11:25 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — And let it be said, on this second day after the convening of the 112th Congress, newly sworn members of the House shall stand and read aloud the Constitution of the United States.

And so it was today, as lawmakers took turns reciting each verse and article of the document. Republicans in charge of the chamber rattled it off with missionary zeal, as if in a school civics class. Democrats pitched in, but with seemingly less ardor.

Congressional historians say it's the first time the nation's governing document, which went into operation in 1789, was read in its entirety on the House floor. New Speaker John Boehner opened the recital, followed by outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who ceded the gavel to the Ohio Republican on Wednesday.


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1Wethepeople(2 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

I am curious and cannot find it on the internet thus can anyone tell me if Congressman Ryan found our Constitution important enough to take part in its reading today?

Thanks in advance for the answer.

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