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House GOP Invites Democrats To Join In Constitution Reading

President Obama's shadow is cast on the Constitution as he delivers an speech at the National Archives in Washington in May 2009. i i

hide captionPresident Obama's shadow is cast on the Constitution as he delivers an speech at the National Archives in Washington in May 2009.

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President Obama's shadow is cast on the Constitution as he delivers an speech at the National Archives in Washington in May 2009.

President Obama's shadow is cast on the Constitution as he delivers an speech at the National Archives in Washington in May 2009.

Charles Dharapak/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Among Republicans' first acts after officially taking over the U.S. House this week is a reading of the Constitution on the floor of the chamber scheduled for Thursday.

At first it looked like it might be a Republican-only affair since it's something of a shout out to conservative members of the Tea Party movement who observe a kind of constitutional fundamentalism.

But Democrats, particularly Rep. Brad Sherman of California, refused to be outflanked on the Constitution-reading front and asked to be included.

Now it appears Democrats have successfully crashed the Constitution-reading party. Actually, technically they won't be crashing since they'll be invited to participate.

Greg Sargent of the Washington Post's Plum Line blog reports:

After taking heat for their plan to read the Consitution on the House floor, House Republicans will send out a letter to the whole House membership tonight — Dems included — inviting them to participate in Thursday's reading of the founding document, aides tell me.

The GOP leadership has extended a direct invitation to the Dem leadership along these lines too, I'm told.

The "dear colleague" letter inviting Dems and Republicans alike to join in the reading will go out later from the office of GOP Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, who has been organizing the reading for the GOP leadership, his spokesperson, Kathryn Rexrode, confirms.

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