Republicans Versus The ConstitutionSubmitted by emalvini on Tue, 01/29/2013 - 11:16
by Laurence M. Vance | January 16, 2013
The new Congress, the nation’s 113th, was officially sworn in at 2:09 p.m. on January 4. The Republicans lost two seats in the Senate, giving the Democrats an even larger majority of 53 to 45 (plus the two Independents, who will caucus with the Democrats), and 7 in the House, where they hold a smaller majority than before of 233 to 200 (there are two vacancies).
After being reelected House Speaker, John Boehner delivered a short address to the House in which he said, “In a few moments, I will take this oath for the twelfth time as representative of the Eighth District of Ohio. It is word for word the same oath we all take. Note that it makes no mention of party, faction, or title … contains no reference to agendas or platforms — only to the Constitution.”
The oath that Speaker Boehner and the other House members recited reads as follows:
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.