Thanks to Rep. Goodlatte’s (VA-06) idea with some help from our VA A.G. Cuccinelli (according to his press release), Republican are starting to walk the talk. Is this a result of the “shellacking”? Could be. The grass root movement loud Nov 2 message was just as much for Republican as it was to Pres. Obama and the Democrats. Anyway, I am pleased to see this and here is the press release from Rep. Goodlatte:
Goodlatte’s Efforts to Focus on U.S. Constitution Successful
Washington, D.C.: Today, at the urging of Congressman Bob Goodlatte (VA-06), the House Republican Leadership released House Rules for the 112th Congress that recommit the Congress to the text of the
As part of the new Rules for the 112th Congress, all Members of the House will be required to submit a formal statement pointing to the exact Constitutional provision that authorizes each bill they introduce. In addition, as a further demonstration of its commitment to hold true to the fundamental principles upon which this country was founded, the new Rules include Rep. Goodlatte’s recommendation that the U.S. Constitution will be read aloud on the House Floor during the first week of the 112th Congress.
“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 granted to the federal government,” said Congressman
Goodlatte. “I am very pleased that the Republican Leadership included my recommendation that the U.S. Constitution be read aloud on the House Floor during the first week of session. This historic and symbolic
reading is long overdue and shows that the new majority in the House of Representatives truly is dedicated to the U.S. Constitution and the principles for which it stands. Additionally, I would like to thank
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for his efforts to advance this initiative.”
As the written expression of the consent the American people gave to their government – a consent with restrictions and boundaries – the public reading of the Constitution will set the tone for the 112th
Goodlatte is a senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over Constitutional amendments and other issues pertaining to the U.S. Constitution.