Most House members skip Constitution read-along

January 16, 2013 by History in a Hurry

House’s reading of Constitution speaks volumes

Fewer lawmakers participate

By Stephen Dinan

What if they read the Constitution and barely anybody came?

House Republicans hosted the second-ever full reading of the Constitution on the chamber floor Tuesday morning, but it was sparsely attended — so much so that they ran out of Democrats before they even got past Article IV, which is less than halfway through the document.

All told, just 74 House members read. Two years ago, 137 lawmakers read, and organizers had said they expected 120 to show up this year, and they divided the document into that many sections.

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