Beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, the U.S. Constitution will be read aloud from the floor of the House of Representatives. The House Rules Package (H. Res. 5) sponsored by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was adopted by the House on January 3, 2013, and included the reading at the urging of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte.
Majority Leader Cantor made the following statement:
“Our Founding Fathers understood a legitimate government must be based on the consent of the people. As James Madison, the Father of the Constitution wrote, ‘It is essential to liberty that the government in general should have a common interest with the people.’ This is the people’s House and as Members of Congress we must never lose sight that we are committed to protecting the fundamental rights of the people we represent. Congress must live within its means, limit the growth of government and maximize individual liberty. Guided by these principles, I am confident the House will chart a course for the future that ensures liberty and prosperity for all Americans.”
Tomorrow’s reading is only the second time the U.S. Constitution has been read aloud in the House of Representatives. It was first read at the beginning of the 112th Congress when Republicans regained the majority.