Goodlatte’s Reading Of The Constitution

Brent Finnegan -- January 5th, 2011

As control of the U.S. House of Representatives shifts from the Democratic to the Republican Party this week, Rep. Bob Goodlatte has received a splash of national media attention for his group recital of the U.S. Constitution scheduled for Thursday morning. The Shenandoah Valley representative will lead a reading of the founding document on the House floor at 10:30 a.m.

Other members of Congress will be invited to read amendments, omitting some of the more embarrassing ones, such as the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the consumption of alcohol.

Goodlatte appeared on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on Tuesday to speak about the reading.

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O’Donnell confronted Goodlatte for supporting a requirement that all bills introduced in Congress include the constitutional basis or principle behind the proposed law, even though one of the acts Goodlatte supported was later determined to be unconstitutional.

As best I can figure, O’Donnell was referring to the Communications Decency Act (CDA).

From The Washington Post’s Who Runs Gov profile:

The Virginia Republican was also a key sponsor of the Communications Decency Act, which was the first federal attempt to curb obscene and pornographic content on the web and was included in the Telecommunications Reform Act of 1996. The provisions were thrown out by the Supreme Court the following year.

Goodlatte will begin reading the Constitution at 10:30 Thursday morning. C-SPAN will stream it live.

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