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Leader Cantor and Chairman Goodlatte Announce Reading of U.S. Constitution on House Floor

Posted: January 15, 2013 at 7:45 am   /   by

(Editor’s note: This is only the second time that this has happened? Perhaps they should do it to open every session, and make it mandatory!)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – 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 (R-VA) was adopted by the House on January 3, 2013, and included the reading at the urging of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).

Chairman Goodlatte will lead the reading of the Constitution beginning at 10:00 a.m. The reading is open to all Members who are interested in participating and expected to take between one and two hours. Members will read the Constitution and amendments on a first come, first served basis. Leader Cantor and Chairman Goodlatte released the following statements about tomorrow’s reading:

Leader Cantor: “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.”

Chairman Goodlatte: “One of the resounding themes I have heard from my constituents is that Congress should adhere to the Constitution and the finite list of powers it grants to the federal government. Our constitutional principles remain timeless and it is fitting that we start the 113th Congress by reading the Constitution aloud on the floor of the House of Representatives. The Constitution is the written consent the American people gave to their government to protect individual liberty and maintain limited government. This reading of the Constitution demonstrates that House Republicans are committed to our Constitution and the enduring principles for which it stands.”

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.

To view this event, tune into C-SPAN at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 15 or watch online at

CONTACT: Jessica Baker or Kathryn Rexrode (Goodlatte), 202-225-3951
Megan Whittemore (Cantor), 202-225-7440

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
Christopher Cook