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the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, chaplain conroy. chaplain conroy: let us pray. god of heaven and earth, we give you thanks for giving us another day. lord, you know our capabilities as a nation.
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you know our limitations better than we know ourselves. you see clearly the needs of our daily -- of our day and the steps that must be taken. for the members of the people's house, be a gentle light. lead them forth day by day along the path of skintsy and integrity -- consistency and integrity, and together your people will walk with clarity of vision, determination of purpose and a new depth of human understanding. bless all the people of our nation, especially those in most need of your mercy. may all that is done be for your greater honor and glory, amen. the speaker: the chair has examined of the last day's proceedings and -- the chair has examined the journal of the
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last day's proceedings and announces to the house his pproval thereof. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from minnesota, mr. walz. mr. walz: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker: pursuant to section 5-a of house resolution 5, the chair now recognizes the gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte, for the reading of the constitution. mr. goodlatte: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, this morning for the fourth time in the history of the house of representatives, we will read allowed on the floor of the house the full text of the u.s. constitution. it is our hope that this reading will help demonstrate to the american people that the house of representatives is dedicated to the constitution and the system it establishes for limited government and for the protection of individual
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liberty. we also hope that it will inspire many more americans to read the constitution themselves. the text we will read today reflects the changes to the document made by the 27 amendments to it. those portions superseded by amendment will not be read. in order to ensure in order to ensure fairness to all those interested in participating, we have asked members to line up to be recognized on a first-come-first-serve basis. i will recognize members based on this guidance. each member will approach the podium and read the passage laid out for him or her. in order to ensure relative parity and fairness, i may recognize members out of order to ensure bipartisanship and balance. additionally, because of his long-term leadership on civil rights issues, i will recognize representative john lewis to read the 13th amendment. i want to thank the members of both parties for their participation in this historic event and i will begin by reading the preamble to the
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constitution. we the people of the united states, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the united states of america. i now recognize the gentleman from illinois, mr. hultgren. mr. hultgren: article i, section 1, all legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a congress of the united states, which shall consist of a senate and house of representatives. mr. goodlatte: the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee.
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thank you. lee: i'll now read from article 1, section 2, the house of representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people of the several states, and the electors in each state shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislature. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman rom maine, mr. poliquin. no person shall be a representative who shall not have attained to the age of 25 years, and been seven years a citizen of the united states, and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that state in which he shall be chosen. the actual enumeration shall be
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made within three years after the first meeting of the congress of the united states. and within every subsequent term of 10 years in such manner as they shall by law direct. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from minnesota, mr. walz. the number of representatives shall not exceed one for every 30,000, but each state shall have at least one representative, and until such enumeration shall be made, the state of new hampshire shall be entitled to choose three, massachusetts eight, rhode island and providence plantations one, connecticut five, new york six, new jersey four, pennsylvania eight, delaware one, maryland six, virginia 10, north carolina five, south carolina five, and georgia three.
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mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from new jersey, mr. lance. when vacancies happen in the representation from any state, the executive authority thereof shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies. the house of representatives shall choose their speaker and other officers, and shall have the sole power of impeachment. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from texas, mr. green. section 3, the senate of the united states shall be composed of two senators from each state for six years and each senator shall have one vote. immediately after they shall be assembled in consequence of the first election.
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they shall be divided as equally as may be into three classes. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from illinois, mr. bost. mr. bost: the seats of the senators of the first class shall be vacant at the expiration of the second year, of the second class at the expiration of the fourth year, and of the third class at the expiration of the sixth year, so that one third may be chosen every second ear. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from california, mr. cardenas. mr. cardenas: thank you very much. no person shall be a senator who shall not have attained the age of 30 years and have been nine years a citizen of the united states and who shall not when elected be an inhabitant of that state for which he shall be hosen.
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mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from texas, mr. gohmert. mr. gohmert:the vice president of the united states shall be president of the senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided. the senate shall choose their other officers, and also a president pro tempore, in the absence of the vice president, or when he shall exercise the office of president of the united states. mr. goodlatte: the gentlewoman rom california, ms. bara began -- ms. baragan. ms. baragan: the senate shall have the soul power to try all impeachments. when sitting for that purpose, they shall be on oath or affirmation. when the president of the united states is tried, the chief justice shall preside,
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and no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two thirds of the members present. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from georgia, mr. loudermilk. mr. loudermilk: judgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from office, and be disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the united states, but the party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to indictment, trial, judgment, and punishment, according to law. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from illinois, mr. lipinski. the times, place, and manner of holding elections for senators and representatives shall be prescribed in each state by legislature thereof. the congress made any time by law make or alter such regulation, except as to the
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places of choosing senators. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from virginia, mr. griffith. mr. griffith:each house shall be the judge of the elections, returns, and qualifications of its own members, and a majority of each shall constitute a quorum to do business, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the attendance of absent members, in such manner, and under such penalties as each house may provide. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from michigan, mr. walberg. mr. walberg: each house may determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two thirds, expel a member. each house shall keep a journal of its proceedings, and from
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time to time publish the same, excepting such parts as may in their judgment require secrecy, and the yeas and nays of the members of either house on any question shall, at the desire of one fifth of those present, be ntered on the journal. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from arkansas, mr. westerman: mr. westerman: neither house, during the session of congress, shall, without the consent of the other, adjourn for more than three days, nor to any other place than that in which the two houses shall be sitting. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from ohio, mr. gibbs. mr. gibbs:section 6, the senators and representatives shall receive a compensation for their services, to be ascertained by law, and paid out of the treasury of the united states. they shall in all cases, except
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treason, felony, and breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at the session of their respective houses, and in going to and returning from the same, and for any speech or debate in either house, they shall not be questioned in any other place. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from new mexico, mr. pearce. mr. pearce: no senator or representative shall, during the time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil office under the authority of the united states, which shall have been created, or the emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time, and no person holding any office under the united states, shall be a member of either house during his continuance in office. the gentleman
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from kentucky, mr. guthrie. mr. guthrie:section 7, all bills for raising revenue shall originate in the house of representatives, but the senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other bills. mr. goodlatte: the gentlewoman from california, the democratic leader, ms. pelosi. every bill which shall have passed the house of representatives and the senate, shall, before it become a law, be presented to the president of the united states. if he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his objections to that house in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the objections at large on their journal, and proceed to reconsider it.
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mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from florida, mr. rutherford. mr. rutherford: if after such reconsideration two thirds of that house shall agree to pass the bill, it shall be sent, together with the objections, to the other house, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that house, it hall become a law. mr. goodlatte: the gentlewoman from hawaii, ms. gabbard. ms. gabbard: but in all such cases the votes of both houses shall be determined by yeas and nays, and the names of the persons voting for and against the bill shall be entered on the journal of each house respectively. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman
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from florida, mr. dunn. mr. dunn: if any bill shall not be returned by the president within 10 days -- sundays excepted -- after it shall have been presented to him, the same shall be a law, in like manner as if he had signed it, unless the congress by their adjournment prevent its return, in which case it shall not be a law. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from new york, mr. crowley. every order, resolution, or vote to which the concurrence of the senate and house of representatives may be necessary, except on a question of adjournment, shall be presented to the president of the united states, and before the same shall take effect, shall be approved by him, or
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being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by 2/3 of the senate and house of representatives, according to the rules and limitations prescribed in the case of a bill. the gentleman from louisiana, mr. abraham. mr. abraham: the congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the united states, but all duties, imposts, and excises shall be uniform throughout the united states. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from california, mr. correa. mr. correa: to borrow money on the credit of the united states, to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and amonghe several states,
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and with the indian tribes, to establish an uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the united states. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from ohio, mr. davidson. to coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures, to provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the united states, to establish post offices and post roads. the gentleman carbajal.ornia, mr.
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mr. carbajal: to constitute tribunals inferior to the supreme court, to define and punish piracies and felonies to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. rothfus. to constitute tribunal inferior to the supreme court, to define and punish pay acies and felonies committed on the high seas and offenses gainst the law of nations. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from florida, -- the gentleman from california, mr. bear r mr. barrett:to declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water, to raise and
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support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from florida, mr. yoho. mr. yoho: to provide and maintain a navy, to make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces, to provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman mr. raskin.d, mr. raskin: to provide for organizing, arming and disciplining the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the united states, reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of officers and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by congress.
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mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from texas, mr. williams. mr. williams: to exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such district, not exceeding 10 miles square, as may be by cession of particular states, and the acceptance of congress, become the seat of the government of the united states, and to exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent of the legislature of the state in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dock yards and other needful buildings. the gentlewoman rom washington, ms. jayapal. ms. jayapal: and to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this constitution in the government of the united states, or in any
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department or officer thereof. the gentleman from texas, mr. farenthold. mr. farenthold: section 9, the migration or importation of such persons as any of the states now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the ongress prior to the year 1808 but a tax or duty may be imposed on such importation, not exceeding $10 for each person. the gentleman from colorado, mr. perlmutter. mr. perfect mutter: -- mr. perlmutter: the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases
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of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it. no bill of attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed. the gentleman rom texas, mr. farenthold. texas, mr. n from flores. texas, mr. flores. mr. flores: no capitation or other direct tax shall be laid, unless in proportion to the census or enumeration herein before directed to be taken. no tax or duty shall be laid on articles exported from any state. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from california, mr. vargas. mr. vargas: no preference shall be given by any regulation of commerce or revenue to the ports of one state over those of another, nor shall vessels bound to, or from,
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one state, be obliged to enter, clear, or pay duties in another. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from iowa, mr. king. mr. king: no money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law, and a regular statement and account of the receipts and expenditures of all public money shall be published from time to time. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from virginia, mr. scott. mr. scott: no title of nobility shall be granted by the united states, and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from arkansas, mr. hill.
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mr. hill: section 10, no state shall enter into any treaty, alliance or confederation, grant letters of marque and reprisal, coin money, emit bills of credit, make any thing but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts, pass any bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts, or grant any title of nobility. mr. goodlatte: the gentlewoman from illinois, ms. kelly. no state shall, without the consent of the congress, lay any imposts or duties on imports or exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing its inspection laws, and the net produce of all duties and imposts, laid by any state on imports or exports, shall be for the use of the treasury of the united states,
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and all such laws shall be subject to the revision and control of the congress. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from kansas, mr. yoder. no state shall, without the consent of congress, lay any duty of tonnage, keep troops, or ships of war in time of peace, enter into any agreement or compact with another state, or with a foreign power, or engage in war, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent danger as will not admit of delay. mr. goodlatte: the gentlewoman from new jersey, mrs. watson coleman. mrs. watson coleman: article 2, section 1, the executive power shall be vested in a president of the united states of america. he shall hold his office during the term of four years and together with the vice president, chosen for the same
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term, be elected, as follows -- mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from georgia, mr. allen. mr. allen: each state shall appoint, in such manner as the legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors, equal to the whole number of senators and representatives to which the state may be entitled in the congress, but no senator or representative, or person holding an office of trust or profit under the united states, shall be appointed an elector. mr. goodlatte: the gentlewoman mrs. demings. mrs. demings: the congress may determine the time of choosing the electors, and the day on which they shall give their votes, which day shall be the same throughout the united states.
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mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from texas, mr. babin. no person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the united states, at the time of the adoption of this constitution, shall be eligible to the office of president, neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of 35 years, and been 14 years a resident within the united states. mr. goodlatte: the gentlewoman from florida, ms. castor. the president shall at stated times receive for his services a compensation which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the period for which he shall have been elected and he shall not receive within that period any other emolument of the united states or any of them.
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mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from washington, mr. newhouse. before he enter on the execution of his office he shall take the following oath or affirmation -- i do solemnly swear or affirm that i will faithfully execute the office of the president of the united states and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the united states. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from virginia, mr. beyer. mr. beyer: section 2, the president shall be commander in chief of the army and navy of the united states, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the united states, he may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices, and he shall have power to grant reprieves and
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pardons for offences against the united states, except in ases of impeachment. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from minnesota, mr. paulsen. mr. paulsen: he shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the senate, to make treaties, provided 2/3 of the senators present concur, and he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the supreme court, and all other officers of the united states whose appointments are not herein otherwise provided for and which shall be stablished by law. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer. but the enauer: congress may by law vest the appointment of such inferior officers, as they
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think proper, in the president alone, in the courts of law, or in the heads of departments. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from georgia, mr. carter. mr. carter: the president shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the senate, by granting commissions which shall expire at the end of their next session. mr. goodlatte: the gentlewoman from oregon, ms. bonamici. ms. bonamici: he shall from time to time give to the congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman rom nebraska, mr. bacon. mr. bacon: he may, on
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extraordinary occasions, convene both houses, or either of them, and in case of disagreement between them, with respect to the time of adjournment, he may adjourn them to such time as he shall hink proper. mr. goodlatte: the gentlewoman from minnesota, ms. mccollum. shall receive e ambassadors and other public ministers, he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed, and shall commission all the officers of the united tates. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from texas, mr. olson. section 4, the president, vice president and all civil officers of the united states, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from maryland, mr. brown. mr. brown: article 3, section
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1, the judicial power of the united states shall be vested in one supreme court, and in such inferior courts as the congress may from time to time ordain and establish. the judges, both of the supreme and inferior courts, shall hold their offices during good behavior, and shall, at stated times, receive for their services a compensation, which shall not be diminished during their continuance in ffice. mr. goodlatte: the gentlewoman from washington and the majority conference chairman, mrs. mcmorris rodgers. mrs. mcmorris rodgers: the judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this constitution, the laws of the united states, and treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority. to all cases affecting ambassadors,
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other public ministers and consuls, to all cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction. mr. goodlatte: the gentlewoman from connecticut, ms. esty. to esty: to controversies which the united states shall be a party, to controversies between two or more states, between citizens of another state, between citizens of different states, between citizens of the same state claiming lands under grants of different states, and between a state, or the citizens thereof, and foreign states, citizens or ubjects. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from michigan, mr. huizenga. mr. huizenga: in all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and those in which a state shall be party, the supreme court shall have original jurisdiction. in all the other cases before mentioned, the supreme court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law
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and fact, with such exceptions, and under such regulations as the congress shall make. mr. goodlatte: the gentlewoman from new hampshire, ms. kuster. ms. kuster: the trial of all crimes, except in cases of impeachment, shall be by jury, and such trial shall be held in the state where the said crimes shall have been committed, but when not committed within any state, the trial shall be at such place or places as the congress ay by law have directed. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. gallagher. mr. gallagher: section 3, treason against the united states, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and
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comfort. no person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in pen court. mr. goodlatte: the gentlewoman from california, ms. matsui. ms. matsui: the congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from new york, mr. zeldin. mr. zeldin: article 4, section 1, full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state. and the congress may by general laws prescribe the manner in which such acts, records and proceedings shall be proved,
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nd the effect thereof. mr. goodlatte: the gentlewoman from florida, mrs. murphy. the murphy: section 2, citizens of each state shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of citizens in the several states. a person charged in any state with treason, felony, or other crime, who shall flee from justice, and be found in another state, shall on demand of the executive authority of the state from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the state having jurisdiction of the crime. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from new york, mr. faso. section 3, new states may be admitted by the congress into this union. but no new state shall be formed or erected within the jurisdiction of any other state, nor any state be formed by the junction of two or more
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states or parts of states without the consent of the legislatures of the states concerned, as well as of the congress. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from california, mr. garamendi. mr. garamendi: the congress shall have power to dispose of and make all needful rules and regulations respecting the territory or other property belonging to the united states, and nothing in this constitution shall be so construed as to prejudice any claims of the united states, or of any particular state. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from indiana, mr. hollingsworth. mr. hollingsworth: the united states shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion, and on application of the
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legislature, or of the executive, when the legislature cannot be convened, against domestic violence. mr. goodlatte: the gentlewoman . om washington, ms. delbene the delbene: article 5, congress, whenever 2/3 of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of 2/3 of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of 3/4 of the several states. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from michigan, mr. moolenaar. mr. moolenaar: or by conventions in 3/4 thereof, as the one or the
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other mode of ratification may be proposed by the congress, provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year 1808 shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article, and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal uffrage in the senate. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. keating. mr. keating: article vi, all debts contracted and engagements entered into, before the adoption of this constitution, shall be as valid against the united states under this constitution, as under the confederation. this constitution, and the laws of the united states which shall be made in pursuance thereof, and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the united states, shall be the supreme law of the land, and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby,
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any thing in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from nebraska, mr. smith. mr. smith: the senators and representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the united states and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this constitution, but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the united states. mr. goodlatte: the gentlewoman from massachusetts, ms. tsongas. ms. tsongas: article 7, the ratification of the conventions of nine states, shall be sufficient for the establishment of this constitution between the states so ratifying the same.
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the gentleman from ohio, mr. johnson. mr. johnson: done in convention by the unanimous consent of the united states, present in 17th day of september in the year of our lord 1787 and of the unanimous consent of the united independence of the united states of american the 12th in witness whereof we have here unto subscribed our names. mr. good what the: the gentlewoman from texas, ms. johnson. ms. johnson: george washington, president and deputy from virginia, delaware -- george read, gunning bedford jr., john dickinson, richard bassett, jacob broom. maryland - james mchenry,
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daniel of st. thomas jenifer, daniel carroll virginia -- john blair, james madison, jr. north carolina -- william blount, richard dobbs spaight, hugh williamson south carolina -- john rutledge, charles cotesworth pinckney, charles pinckney, pierce butler georgia -- william few, abraham baldwin mr. goodlatte: the gentlewoman from missouri, mrs. wagner. mrs. wagner: new hampshire -- john langdon, nicholas gilman massachusetts -- nathaniel gorham, rufus king connecticut -- william samuel johnson, roger sherman new york -- alexander hamilton new jersey --
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will livingston, david brearley, william paterson, jonathan dayton pennsylvania -- benjamin franklin, thomas mifflin, robert morris, george clymer, thomas fitzsimons, jared ingersoll, james wilson, ouverneur morris amendment 1, congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press or the right of the people peacefully to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from illinois, -- the gentleman from west virginia, mr. jenkins. mr. jenkins: amendment 2, a well
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regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. the gentleman from illinois, mr. schneider. amendment 3,no soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. cartwright. mr. cartwright: thank you, mr. chairman. amendment 4 the right of the people to be secure in their
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persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. the gentleman from arizona, mr. biggs. mr. biggs: amendment 5, no person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous crime unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman
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from iowa, mr. loebsack. mr. loebsack: nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be put twice in jeopardy of life or limb, nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law. nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation. the gentlewoman from california, mrs. walters. mrs. walters: amendment 6, in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have previously been ascertained by law. and to be informed of the nature
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and cause of the accusation, to be confronted with the witnesses against him, to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from minnesota, mr. nolan. mr. nolan: amendment 7, in suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed $20, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the united states than according to the rules of the common law. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from illinois, mr. lahood. amendment 8, excessive bail shall not be required, nor
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excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. amendment 9, the enumeration in the constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others etained by the people. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer, the democratic whip. amendment 10, the powers not delegated to the united states by the constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the eople. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman rom new york, mr. maloney. mr. maloney: the judicial power
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of the united states shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the united states by citizens of another state, or by citizens or subjects of any foreign state. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from texas, mr. arrington. mr. arrington : amendment 12, the electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for president and vice president, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves. they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as president, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as vice president. and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as president and of all persons voted for as vice president and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify and transmit sealed to
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he seat of the government of the united states, directed to the president of the senate. mr. goodlatte: the gentlewoman from nevada, ms. rosen. ms. rosen: the president of the senate. the president of the senate shall, in the presence of the senate and the house of representatives, open all of the certificates and the votes shall then be counted. the person having the greatest number of votes for president shall be the president, if such number be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed and if no persons have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as president. the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. perry. mr. perry: the house of representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the president.
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but in choosing the president, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote. a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from 2/3 of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. the gentlewoman from delaware, miss rochester. -- -- ms. rochester. miss rochester:the person having the greatest number of votes as vice president shall be the vice president. if such number be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the senate shall choose the vice president. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from california, mr. lamalfa. mr. lamalfa: a quorum for the
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purpose shall consist of 2/3 of the whole number of senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice. but no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of president shall be eligible to that of vice president of the united states. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from georgia, mr. lewis. amendment 13, section 1, neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the united states or any place subject to their jurisdiction. section 2, congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
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mr. goodlatte: the gentlewoman from illinois, ms. schakowsky. persons bornky: all or naturalized in the united states and subject to the jurisdiction thereof are citizens of the united states and of the state wherein they reside. no state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the united states, mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from ohio, mr. joyce. mr. joyce: nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process of law, nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
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section 2representatives shall be apportioned among the several states according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each state, excluding indians not taxed. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from florida, mr. soto. r. soto: but when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for president and vice president of the united states, representatives in congress, the executive and judicial officers of a state, or the members of the legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such state being 21 years of age, and citizens of the united states, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion or other crime and the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the number of proportioned in which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens
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21 years of age in such state. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson. section 3, no person shall be a senator or representative in congress or elector of president and vice president or hold any office, civil or military, under the united states, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath as a member of congress or as an officer of the united states. mr. goodlatte: the gentlewoman from arizona, ms. sinema. ms. sinema: or as a member of any state legislature or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the constitution of the united states, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. but congress may by a vote of 2/3 of each house, remove such
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isability. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from california, mr. denham. the validity of the public debt of the united states, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. but neither the united states nor any state shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in the aid of insurrection or rebellion against the united states or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave, but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal nd void. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman
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from new york, mr. serrano. section 5, the congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article. amendment 15, section 1, the right of citizens of the united states to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the united states or by any state on account of race, color or previous condition of servitude. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis. section 2, the congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. amendment 16, the congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several states and without regard to any census or
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enumeration. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from california, mr. lowenthal. amendment 17, the senate of the united states shall be composed of two senators from each state, elected by the people thereof, for six years. and each senator shall have one vote. the electors in each state shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislatures. when vacancies happen in the representation of any state in the senate, the executive authority of such state shall issue writs of election to fill uch vacancies. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from north carolina, mr.
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rouzer. mr. rouzer: provided that the legislature of any state may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct. this amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the constitution. amendment 19, the right of the citizens of the united states to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the united states or by any state on account of sex, congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman om arkansas, mr. woe mack -- mr. womack. mr. womack: amendment 20, section 1, the terms of the president and the vice president shall end at noon on the 20th day of january and are the terms of senators and representatives at noon on
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the third day of january of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified and the terms of their successors shall then begin. section 2, the congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall begin at noon on the third day of january, unless they shall by law appoint a different day. section 3, if, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the president, the president-elect shall have died, the vice president-elect shall become president. if a president shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the president-elect shall have failed to qualify, then the vice president-elect shall act as president until a president shall have qualified, and the congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a president elect nor a vice president shall have qualified, declaring who shall
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then act as president, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a president or vice president shall have qualified. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from michigan, mr. bishop. section 4, the congress may by law provide for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the house of representatives may choose a president whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them, and for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the senate may choose a vice president whenever the right of choice shall have evolved upon them. section 5, sections 1 and 2 shall take effect on the 15th day of october following the ratification of this article. section 6, this article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an
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amendment to the constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several states within seven years from the date of its submission. amendment 21, section 1, the 18th article of the amendment to the constitution of the united states is hereby repealed. section 2, the transportation or importation into any state, territory, or possession of the united states for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited. section 3, this article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the constitution by conventions in the several states, as provided in the constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the states by the congress. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from michigan, mr. walberg. amendment 22,
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section 1, no person shall be elected to the office of the president more than twice, and no person who has held the office of president, or acted as president, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected president shall be elected to the office of president more than once. but this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of president when this article was proposed by congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of president, or acting as president, during the term within which this article becomes operative from holding the office of president or acting as president during the remainder of such term. section 2, this article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the constitution by the legislatures of 3/4 of the several states within seven years from the date of its submission to
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he states by the congress. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from california, mr. lamalfa. amendment 23, section 1, the district constituting the seat of government of the united states shall appoint in such manner as congress may direct a number of electors of president and vice president equal to the whole number of senators and representatives in congress to which the district would be entitled if it were a state, but in no event more than the least populous state. they shall be in addition to those appointed by the states, but they shall be considered, for the purposes of the election of president and vice president, to be electors appointed by a state, and they shall meet in the district and perform such duties as provided by the 12th article of amendment. section 2, the congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. amendment 24, section 1, the
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right of citizens of the united states to vote in any primary or other election for president or vice president, for electors for president or vice president, or for senator or representative in congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the united states or any state by reason of failure to pay poll tax or other tax. section 2, the congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. mr. goodlatte: the gentlewoman from new york, ms. tenney. ms. tenney: amendment 25, section 1, in case of the removal of the president from office or of his death or resignation, the vice president shall become president. section 2, whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the vice president, the president shall nominate a vice president who shall take the oath upon confirmation by a majority vote of both house of congress. section 3, whenever the
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president transmits to the president pro tempore of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the vice president as acting president. section 4, whenever the vice president and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as congress may by law provide, transmit to the president pro tempore of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives their written declaration that the president is unable to discharge the powers and duties f his office, the vice president shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as acting president. thereafter, when the president transmits to the president pro tempore of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives his written declaration that no inability
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exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office until the vice president and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the president pro tempore of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives their written declaration that the president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. thereupon congress shall decide the issue, assembling within 48 hours for that purpose if not in session. if the congress, within 21 days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if congress is not in session, within 21 days after congress is required to assemble, determines by 2/3 vote of both houses that the president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the vice president shall discontinue the same as acting president,
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otherwise, the president shall resume the powers and duties of his ffice. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from california, mr. mcnerney. mr. mcnerney: amendment 26, section 1, the ight of citizens of the united states, who are 18 years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the united states or by any state on account of age. section 2, the congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. mr. goodlatte: the gentleman from georgia, mr. woodall. amendment 27, no law, varying the compensation for the services of the senators and representatives, shall take effect, until an election of representatives shall have intervened.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, that concludes the reading of the constitution. i'd like to thank all of the members who participated. i ask unanimous consent that i may be allowed to revise and extend remarks and insert omitted material in the record during the reading of the constitution. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house we'll have more live coverage here on c-span of the u.s.
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house. and newly re-elected paul ryan is scheduled to hold his briefing of the new congress and that's scheduled for 11:30 eastern. about 15 minutes from now. we'll take you live. a portion of this morning's "washington journal," looking at the democrats' agenda for the 115th caulk. -- congress. joining us with a new title in addition to his representation boulder and fort collins. he is the vice chair of the democratic steering and policy committee in the house. welcome to washington journal. what's this new role mean for you? guest: what the democrats are doing this session is expanding leadership geographically, ideologically. new faces from the middle of the country like cheri bustos from illinois. policy committee is involved with committee assignments for members. both sid

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