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The new 112th Congress has already made a little bit of history, but on Thursday it looks to make some more with the first-ever reading of the U.S. Constitution on the House floor.

The reading is included as part of the new rules package passed by the House on Wednesday. Republicans have promoted it as a way to return members' focus to the country's founding principles. Read the full story.

By Abha Bhattarai  |  January 6, 2011; 11:16 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The same old useless talk, wasteful time, and hypocrisy. Why waste time on undoing the Health bill?, let it work for the millions who need it. Congress people will not give up their health care.
Get on with less talk, less waste and more truly working together, is that what you are elected to do?.

Posted by: snitchonmurder | January 6, 2011 11:57 AM

Kinda curious. What do the (now) 13% who think reading the Constitution will change legislature imagine will actually change?

Posted by: ctown_woody | January 6, 2011 11:58 AM

They should read the constitution every day out loud until it can be recited by memory.

Posted by: larrydalooza | January 6, 2011 12:07 PM

Please tell me there is a test afterward to see if they were paying attention.

If everything was spelled out in the Constitution, we wouldn't need the Supreme Court. What's the next step, read the Bible?

Posted by: shhhhh | January 6, 2011 12:10 PM

I don't think that reading the Constitution will actually change the way democrats vote or the legislation they put forward... but I bet it will be the first time many in Congress have had the whole thing read to them.

What has potential for improving future legislation is the new rule to name the part of the U.S. Constitution that allows what ever piece of legislation put forward. That would have halted the unconstitutional parts of OBAMACARE so we would not have to de-fund it and repeal it. Not very much of OBAMACARE is allowed under the U.S. Constitution.... Having to prove that your preposed law is actually Constitutional before debating it will save alot of time PLUS remind Congress and the President what they can and can not do according to the supreme law of the land.

Posted by: markandbeth92 | January 6, 2011 12:35 PM

What is wrong with these people? Does this mean anything at all? Is there any real point to this? No? Then why don't you actually get about your business and solve some problems? (No, repealing health care doesn't count - like I said, SOLVING problems.)

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | January 6, 2011 12:41 PM

Does reciting the pledge every morning make kids more patriotic, or does rote repetition just make it banal and trivialized?

Posted by: AxelDC | January 6, 2011 3:42 PM

I look forward to seeing what these idiots will think of next.

Posted by: honyakusha | January 6, 2011 5:10 PM

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