Freshman Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, was among the House members who read part of the U.S. Constitution on the House floor today.
The new Republican majority, which has pledged stricter adherence to the Constitution, organized the reading of the entire document. It took about 90 minutes. Lankford read Section 3 of the 25th Amendment, ratified in 1967, which describes what should happen if the president dies or is removed from office or can’t function.
Here’s what Lankford said after the reading.
“All too often, we have forgotten the vision the Founding Fathers laid out for this country and that is why today was so important.
“We need to get back to the basics as a government and this refresher course should remind everyone of the principles of freedom, liberty and limited government our country was built upon.
“It was an honor to take part in today’s historic reading. This was a great way to begin the 112th Congress and it is my hope that this text will guide me and my fellow members as we begin working for the American people.”