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Congress, Day Two: Cut Spending, Read Constitution

U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) holds a copy of the U.S. Constitution during a ceremonial swearing-in on Capitol Hill January 5, 2011. i i

U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) holds a copy of the U.S. Constitution during a ceremonial swearing-in on Capitol Hill January 5, 2011. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) holds a copy of the U.S. Constitution during a ceremonial swearing-in on Capitol Hill January 5, 2011.

U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) holds a copy of the U.S. Constitution during a ceremonial swearing-in on Capitol Hill January 5, 2011.

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As Frank has reported over on It's All Politics, the House of Representatives will read the Constitution aloud today, starting at 11 am. That means they'll read Article I, Section 7:

All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

House lawmakers will take up a spending cut bill: the AP says it's a five percent cut taken from lawmaker and committee budgets, worth about $35 million dollars.

JAILED FORMER ILL. GOV. RYAN ASKS TO VISIT ILL WIFE

Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan with his wife, Lura Lynn, right, in April 2006. i i

Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan with his wife, Lura Lynn, right, in April 2006. M. Spencer Green/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan with his wife, Lura Lynn, right, in April 2006.

Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan with his wife, Lura Lynn, right, in April 2006.

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Relatives of Lura Lynn Ryan are with her at a Kankakee, Ill. hospital; the Chicago Tribune reports she's gravely ill after her latest round of chemotherapy. Her husband, former Gov. George Ryan, remains incarcerated at a federal prison camp in Terre Haute, serving his six year prison term for racketeering and fraud convictions. He was denied bail last month in an effort to be with her during her final days; now his attorneys are asking a federal court to allow Ryan to spend days at his wife's bedside and return to a local jail at night.

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