Patriot Action Network Members of the House of Representatives were sworn in to the 112th Congress. This action of swearing-in is mandated by Article VI of the Constitution, which says "The Senators and Representatives shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution."
Take a few minutes to read the oath of office that all Members, including myself, took yesterday:
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."
The oath is an important reminder that we as legislators have a duty to uphold the Constitution, and that the actions we take as legislators must be within the authority and in accordance with the powers delegated by the Constitution. As we move back towards our founding principles with this new year and new Congress, I believe the Constitution and the oath of office should be an important focal point.
This is just one of the reasons why, for the first time in the 221-year history of the House of Representatives, the Constitution will be read aloud today. In addition, a new rule will require that every new bill contain a statement citing the constitutional authority to enact the proposed legislation.