| Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) and Representatives Bob Gibbs (OH-7), Ted Yoho (FL-3), Mike Kelly (PA-16), Russ Fulcher (ID-1), Debbie Lesko (AZ-8), Jim Banks (IN-3), Louie Gohmert (TX-1), Chip Roy (TX-21), Morgan Griffith (VA-9), Doug Collins (GA-9), Mo Brooks (AL-5), Scott Perry (PA-10), Scott DesJarlais (TN-4), Andy Biggs (AZ-5), Dan Bishop (NC-9), Matt Gaetz (FL-1), David Schweikert (AZ-6), Thomas Massie (KY-4), Doug Lamborn (CO-5), Ralph Norman (SC-5), Jody Hice (GA-10), Tom Rice (SC-7), Michael Waltz (FL-6), Steve King (IA-4), Jeff Duncan (SC-3), Tom McClintock (CA-4), Greg Steube (FL-17), Scott Tipton (CO-3), Glenn Grothman (WI-6), Ben Cline (VA-6), Brian Mast (FL-18), Garret Graves (LA-6), Ken Buck (CO-4), Glenn Thompson (PA-15), Denver Riggleman (VA-5), Ted Budd (NC-13), Randy Weber (TX-14) and Roger Marshall (KS-1) introduced House Resolution 1119, expressing Support for the Recognition of Constitution Week.
One of the main reasons the United States grew into the most prosperous nation the world has ever known and became a global force for good is because our Founding Fathers created a truly unique society based on the rule of law. The source for this law-based society is our Constitution.
On September 17, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the United States Constitution. This important and timeless document established our national government and fundamental laws and has protected and guaranteed basic and inalienable rights to all citizens of these great United States for generations ever since.
In 1955, in an effort to celebrate this sacred document, the Daughters of the American Revolution petitioned Congress to set aside the week beginning September 17 and ending September 23 of each year to be dedicated for the observance of "Constitution Week." (36 U.S.C. 108) The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into public law on August 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Not since the Civil War has division so tightly gripped our nation. There is no better time to rededicate ourselves to the Constitution and the values contained within it.
Resolution Expressing Support for the Recognition of Constitution Week:
The resolution strongly reaffirms the support of remembering, honoring, and celebrating America's most important document, during this week of September 17-23.
The resolution expresses support for the recognition of Constitution Week, as a time to commemorate America’s most important document and to study the events leading up to the framing of the Constitution and the responsibility of citizens to protect and defend the principles enshrined in this document, and encourages schools and universities to include, in a grade-appropriate manner, lessons explaining the history and importance of the Constitution.
“Today marks an important day in our country’s history, 233 years since our U.S. Constitution was ratified. On September 17, 1787, our founders signed the constitution highlighting the rights of free people. This document set up parameters on establishing a government run by the people. I am proud to be the sponsor of a resolution honoring this historic day, and honoring the great accomplishments by the Daughters of the American Revolution, an organization that works to preserve our important history and educates the American people about our nation’s founding."said Congressman Gosar.
“I urge Americans to join with the Daughters of the American Revolution this week to reflect on the United States Constitution as the most powerful foundational governance document of our republic. The envy of freedom-loving people around the globe, our Constitution not only charts our rights and responsibilities but also the destiny of our nation. Take time to read it – become better informed and more participatory citizens in the democratic process. We owe that active involvement to those who founded this country and those who have defended it through the centuries,”said Daughters of the American Revolution President General, Denise Doring VanBuren.
The text of Resolution 1119 can be found here.