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Congress Hears Constitution Read with "Missing Language" Included
January 06 2011

Rob Walgate, 440-572-1796

Cleveland, Ohio – Today the U.S. Congress heard the words of the United States Constitution read cover to cover including a critical but often ignored passage. Few Americans are aware the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments passed by Congress and ratified by the States, also includes a preamble which reads:

The Bill of Rights

The First 10 Amendments to the Constitution as Ratified by the States

December 15, 1791


Congress of the United States begun and held at the City of New York, on Wednesday the Fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

THE Conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution

RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.

ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.

The American Policy Roundtable President David Zanotti stated: "It is important for the nation that we rediscover this missing language in the U.S. Constitution. The preamble makes the strong case that the Bill of Rights was designed to further limit the powers of the federal government and protect the rights of individuals and the legal authority of the states."

"We applaud Speaker Boehner's office and U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-06) for making certain this important portion of the Constitution has been restored to public reading and hearing. Hopefully the new Congress and the Courts will carefully consider the message in these words sent by America's Founding generation."

The American Policy Roundtable is a non-profit, independent public policy organization founded in 1980. The Roundtable produces the national radio and online broadcast of The Public Square® and is the originator of David Zanotti has served as President/CEO of the Roundtable since 1985.