Thursday, January 06, 2011

Constitution read on House floor

The U.S. House of Representatives today read - for the very first time - the entire text of the U.S. Constitution, on the House floor. Watch below (to go to the next video, click the link in the lower right corner of the video).

Oklahoma's 5th District Congressman James Lankford read Section 3 of the 25th Amendment.

Overall, there were few instances of the reading being interrupted. A protester shouted "Except Obama! Except Obama!" during the reading of the section requiring the president to be a natural-born citizen. After the reading of the 10th, 13th and 14th Amendments, and upon conclusion of the reading of the Constitution, applause broke out among the congressmembers.


  1. Two things:First, lets hope they were listening.
    Second, about 42 minutes into the reading, Rep Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii, 2nd district) read, “The word the being interlined between the seventh and eighth lines of the first page, the word thirty being partly written on an erasure in the fifteenth line of the first page, the words is tried being interlined between the thirty-third and thirty-second line of the first page and the word the being interlined between the forty third and the forty-fourth line of the second page.” What was that all about?

  2. Phil, I noticed the same thing. Apparently, it's a clerical note in the original? That's what it appears to have been. I'd never seen/heard it before, myself.

  3. I was not able to watch, but several news people have said they read the "revised" version of the Constitution and did not understand what was meant by that either.

    Could it be a SCOTUS finding that has been inserted?

    Bobbie McAuliffe

  4. Bobbie, they read the Constitution as it is currently in effect (i.e. they didn't read the passages struck out by amendments, such as the three-fifths clause dealing with how slaves were originally counted in the census).

  5. I. C. Thanks



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