Before the reading began, Democrats questioned the GOP decision not to read sections of the 222-year-old governing document that were later amended, such as the Article I, Section 2 clause that classified slaves as three-fifths of a person for the purpose of congressional apportionment and taxation.
"It's a consequence of who we are," Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, said in reference to the three-fifth's clause and its deletion from the reading.
Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash, while saying the reading was "special for all of us," asked whether it was "not intended to create some statement of congressional intent."
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., who organized the reading, noted that Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a pioneer of the civil rights movement, has been asked to read the Thirteenth Amendment that abolishes slavery. He said he hoped the event would "inspire many more Americans to read the Constitution."
The recital began with new Speaker John Boehner, reading the "We the People" preamble. Then Boehner's predecessor Nancy Pelosi recited the first paragraph of Article I that describes the powers of the legislative branch.
Answer by samurai_chica at 1:58 PM on Jan. 6, 2011
If your offended about the editing of Huck Finn, were you offended that the republicans edited the Constitution on the floor today?
I was never offended... I believe in Freedom of Speech.... Republicans didn't edit the Consitution. They did however read the legally amended version with all amendments that are currently part of the Constitution...
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Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:10 PM on Jan. 6, 2011
You are too funny, grly
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