By Stephen Dinan
Fewer lawmakers participate
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.
But they ended up having to stretch, giving two or three sections apiece to each reader.
Several Democrats did straggle in during the amendments, for a total of 25. Meanwhile, 49 Republicans read portions.
The House saved the 13th Amendment specifically to be read by civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis, Georgia Democrat. The 13th Amendment officially ended slavery across the country.